Stawberry Scallops on a Beach (2008)

I have a fondness for sunsets, and sunset lighting and shadows. One thing I greatly miss of my childhood in Minnesota is the amazing sunsets. This piece was one of the most difficult to accomplish. I wanted to capture the moment when a wave has just receded. You can see that the sand still has a light film of water and in the upper right corner the sand is just beginning to dry as the water sinks into the sand. The rapidly sinking water forms a stain around the cluster of surrealistic shellfish that are laid together on the sand. The shells are made up of one of my ‘painted’ doodles of a strawberry. If you look at it closely, you can see the drawing itself. I multiplied the drawing many times and varied the size and the position to create strawberry-looking shellfish. This piece is significant in my collection ...

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I have a fondness for sunsets, and sunset lighting and shadows. One thing I greatly miss of my childhood in Minnesota is the amazing sunsets. This piece was one of the most difficult to accomplish. I wanted to capture the moment when a wave has just receded. You can see that the sand still has a light film of water and in the upper right corner the sand is just beginning to dry as the water sinks into the sand. The rapidly sinking water forms a stain around the cluster of surrealistic shellfish that are laid together on the sand. The shells are made up of one of my ‘painted’ doodles of a strawberry. If you look at it closely, you can see the drawing itself. I multiplied the drawing many times and varied the size and the position to create strawberry-looking shellfish. This piece is significant in my collection because it is the first time I use a drawing to create a 3D object as well as the wet sand illusion and the sunset lighting. If you look at my artwork you will notice the one consistency is the lack of consistency. I try to make each piece different from all the others. With each piece I try something new and try to learn something in the process making each piece a process of self discovery.

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