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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Marina

I have finally completed a 24 piece commission for Oceania Cruise Line's newest ship, Marina.  This luxurious ship is stunningly beautiful with amenities and details like no other.  I am so thrilled to be a  part of it. The pieces below will hang on decks 4-12 in the common areas near the elevators. But first let me tell you an ocean story...

I have dreamed of the ocean as long as I can remember, usually in the form of a terrifying, tsunami-like wave that is forever approaching me as I stand paralyzed and heavy on the beach. This dream always  happens when I am feeling overwhelmed.  When I first started having this dream about twenty years ago, I used to try to run, to climb buildings to get away...but I could never get away from the approaching wave, which somehow never actually arrived, just continued to swell and come towards me like an eternal, gigantic threat.

Then one night about ten years ago when I was living in Portland, the dream changed.  The wave was coming at me as it always had, but that night I heard a voice yelling at me to "Ride the wave!"  (Cheesy, maybe, but that's what it said.)  So, I decided to give in to the wave.  I laid on my back, floating, letting the ocean carry me to and from the shore, rocking my body in the same way it would a ship.  Pretty poetic, eh?  Well, it's the truth.  Anyway, I had the dream again last night.  The giant wave came toward the shore as it always has, but this time it pulled me out to sea, and the undertow forced me to the bottom of the ocean floor.  I held my breath and eventually resurfaced.  I took in a deep breath and looked around me to see all of these other people bobbing in the water.  They, too, had just been through the tsunami.  We were all smiling at each other because we had all just survived the wave.  Then I turned around saw land.  A different land.  I had been carried to another shore.  Pretty damn poetic if you ask me.

Dreams are powerful reflections of our lives, and however intense they may sometimes be, I am grateful that both of mine have always been vivid.


For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
It's always our self we find in the sea.
~e.e. cummings


Now, back to those paintings... 

Marina 1: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 2: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 3: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 4: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 5: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 6: 22" x 49" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 7: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 8: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 9: 53" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 10: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas 

Marina 11: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 12: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 13: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas
Marina 14: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 15: 38" x 34" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 16: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 17: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 18: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 19: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 20: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 21: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 22: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 23: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

Marina 24: 24" x 22" acrylic, oil, and charcoal on canvas

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