Ben Hicks and I have been friends since our very first Art Show together about three years ago. We both liked all things ocean and surfing, we were both making a career of something we loved, we were both expecting little groms of our own soon... We still have so much in common, and so does our art. When I started this painting of Boca and Deerfield, "The Hatchling Charge", it didn't immediately occur to me that I was painting Ben's life as a photographer. As most of you know, his main subjects are waves and sea turtles and Boca is his main stomping ground. I am always so inspired by the way he captures the character of those babies charging it, making their way to the ocean after already digging out of a shell, AND a deep hole in the sand! I try to create a character of my own while painting, but Ben is revealing that baby's actual character, and telling the story in the moment. It is no secret that a painter needs good reference photos to make the composition, subjects, colors, and shadows believable in his or her paintings, but I look to Ben for more than that. I want my paintings to also open up a new view into the lives of these creatures that we share our beaches with. How does he do it?
We may be similar, but we each have very different ways of expressing ourselves through visual art, and I thought it would be fun to describe the "behind the scenes", or "in the minds of" the artwork with paintings and photographs side by side. Ben is joining in, and will be writing in italics.
It is with great pleasure, that I introduce this year's Small Business Saturday Highlight. As you all know, I like to share someone that is making a difference, to help us all think about the products we purchase, or our own businesses on this day. Allison Randolph is literally giving a voice to the ocean and has taught me about so many great people, products, and movements through her many podcast interviews. I love to paint and listen about how these new surfboard fins will send research back to scientists, or how a community leader is fighting against toxic algae blooms, to name a few. They are so inspiring and leave you feeling amped about the future, which doesn't always happen when people talk about ocean conservation. Thanks for sharing with us today, Allison!
Carly Mejeur is a floridian artist, inspired by her ocean hobbies and travels. This Blog is for news, events, and just for fun. Click here for the artist's Bio.