" This manta ray was flying under our catamaran off Key Largo, escorting us back home after a spectacular day of diving John Pennekamp Underwater Sea Park reef."
Watercolor & Colored Pencil
"This batik was created in a workshop with fellow coastal art teachers. The idea came to me from all the small craft sailing adventures in my memories. Batik is such a natural fiber art form for a sailor."
"This centerfold layout was completed as a collaborative project with various artists across the country. My sentiment expresses how I feel blessed in sailing small craft."
"A ships portrait consists of sea, sky & vessel. Having traveled to Charleston, S.C. to see the start of the Vendee Globe single-hand round the world race, I was able to observe these incredible vessels up close. My students and I followed the race over several months, initiating our school computer labs first globalcollaboration."
"Shadow box ship portraits are part of the 'votive' genre. Sailors trusted the vessels they sailed upon because they gave gratitude to their Lord for safe passage. I created this one from clay, wooden sails and ivory embellishments."
" Sailor's journals, logs or diaries are filled with local oberservations wherever they sailed. This comic illustration expresses my sense of humor about living in a tourist destination. When you have a limited time to recreate, tourists can bedetermined."
"An ocean matis woven to protect sensitive spots on deck that could take a beating without some kind of cushioning. I have woven quite a few marlinspike forms to protect the wood on various vessels."
"For this children's book, I was inspired by a sea shanty musician that composed a song after the true story of a late November storm that took down the infamous 'Rouse Simmons'."
"Scrimshaw is truly the hallmark craft of the sailor. Sailor's of old would save every small scrap to use as a material for creative expression. I like to use Tagua Nut, Cowrie Shells, Oak,Mahogany & Teak scraps to carve and engrave imagery of the sea."
"These field sketches were completed during a voyage down the coast of North Carolina to Bald Head Island. Part of the joy of a voyage is exploring the different islands and marshes we sail into along the way. Hunting carnivorous plants in the wild at Carolina Beach State Park was a highlight."