Ricky Deel

Jun 27, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories


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Ricky was born and raised in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. He studied art with an emphasis on Painting and Sculpture at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee.

His personal work has always revolved around the oceans or at least the life in them. Ricky finds inspiration in the vast amount of life that exists beneath its surface. That interest has driven him, career wise, toward an aquarium and museum exhibit field of work. Ricky still likes to escape into his artwork, which tends to play on the whimsical style. He see them as reflections of his mood at the time.

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Madalina Iordache-Levay

Jun 27, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories


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Madalina was born in Romania in 1982. She grew up painting and drawing, and then betrayed images for words when she went to university to study Journalism. Madalina is grateful to that time, as she came to discover photography and digital art.

She lives and works in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Madalina is a graphic designer (BrightPink Studio) and a gallery artist represented by James Schot Gallery.

View Madalina’s website. http://madyiordache.com/

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Karen Michel

Jun 27, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories


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Karen Michel is a mixed media Artist who creates work from recycled and repurposed materials, mojo and sunshine.  She is also the author of The Complete Guide to Altered Imagery and Green Guide for Artists.

You can visit her at www.karenmichel.com

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Scott Moore

Jun 27, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories

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Scott Moore is known internationally for his watercolors and oils, and over the past 34 years has received numerous awards for his work. He incorporates two scales within the same painting, giving a personal insight into the story he is telling. His unique perspective comes from childhood experiences, with many of his paintings containing objects from the 1950’s and 1960’s. These surreal works have been reproduced over the past 27 years. From 1973 to 1985, Scott painted genre scenes, traditional images of everyday life.

View his work: http://www.scottmooreart.com/

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Densaburou Oku

Jun 27, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories


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Densaburou Oku was born in Kagoshima, Japan in 1945 and completed his studies in glass at the Tokyo Glass Art School in 1986. In 1989 he relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

As a recipient of a Wheaton Arts Fellowship in both 1993 and 1994, Densaburou was given the opportunity to study at the Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, New Jersey. This experience helped further his skills and his unique vision as a sculptor.

His mixed media fish sculptures are created with glass, steel, found objects and paint. He uses steel elements and found objects to create the fins and head and then combines these with segments of blown and cast glass that are assembled to form a skeleton-like structure representing fish bones. His work combines great skill and an unusual, lighthearted approach to his subject.

The meaning of his art comes from Densaburou’s belief that everything is connected and is part of the cycle of life and death. His sculptures are a metaphor for life and our place within it. In speaking about his own work, he has said, “I am doing art stuff (laughter) and I have my feeling. I make art to catch and express feeling. Each place I have known grows a different stream. I am now at the point where I am in my life and my time here in this community. This…collection of my work over these years is not looking back, but the other point, reflecting forward.”

View his work online: http://densaburouoku.com/Site/Home.html

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Nancy Scott

Jun 27, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories


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Nancy Scott is the current managing editor of U.S.1 Worksheets, the journal of the U.S.1 Poets’ Cooperative in New Jersey. She is the author of two books of poetry, Down to the Quick (2007) and One Stands Guard, One Sleeps (2009) both published by Plain View Press, and two chapbooks, A Siege of Raptors (Finishing Line Press, 2010) and Detours & Diversions (Main Street Rag, 2011). She became interested in writing poetry in the mid-90s as way of capturing many stories she had heard as a caseworker for the State of New Jersey. She worked primarily in the inner city, assisting homeless families, abused children and those with mental health issues and/or AIDS. In 2010, she made a foray into the art world, creating and exhibiting her collages in various venues in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as online journals. In her art, as well as her poetry, Nancy gravitates toward people and place for thematic material. Visit www.nancyscott.net

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Bob Timmons

Mar 31, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories

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Bob Timmons is an active individual who has placed himself in the shoes of animals to feel the pain and witness the actions against them. There are many senseless and destructive acts occurring in the oceans that need to be exposed. He has been using his talent of painting to tell the stories visually and educate people who are unaware.

Passion is what art is all about and Bob’s art has not only changed his life and direction but it has helped change the lives of many individuals and animals. The paintbrush has become Bob’s weapon in the fight to change what is wrong and expose the truth to all. Human interactions directly and/or indirectly are stressing the growth of the inhabitants of the ocean. It has made Bob look at all the creatures within the ocean as endangered since the ocean itself is endangered. His aim is to empower minds to make choices for the next seven generations that will force positive impacts and hopefully reverse this process.

Scientists have stated the oceans are going to die by 2048 if we continue on the path we have created. The oceans are exposing symptoms of being sick by the results of over-fishing, acidification, coral reef decline, debris, and over 400 dead zones that keep spreading. This is affecting all living life on the planet and can easily be reversed by every individual taking responsibility for his or her actions.

http://www.bobtimmons.org/

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Derek Tarr

Mar 31, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories

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Derek Tarr is an underwater photographer whose award-winning fine art prints have captured the attention of collectors with their vivid color and focus on aesthetic patterns that can only be found in the ocean.

Growing up in Southern California, Derek has always been close to water. As a child, scenes from “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau” and the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only” were among his early inspirations to venture away from the swimming pool and in to the ocean. He learned to scuba dive in the summer of 1985 on Catalina Island, and has since spent much of his life under water, diving off the coast of California and in the clear waters of exotic destinations around the world including the Maldives, Fiji, Grand Cayman, Egypt, Hawai’i, and the Solomon Islands.
His goal is to bring the world’s most captivating underwater photographs to shore, and inspire future generations to see the beauty and value of the world underwater. For most people, the ocean is out of sight and out of mind, but through his photography Derek promises to deliver images that will raise our consciousness of the ocean’s wonders.

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Marie Shell

Mar 31, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories

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Born, and raised in Atlanta, GA, in love with color with her first box of Crayolo’s, she was sent to the Atlanta High Museum of Art at age 16.  After marrying Sanford Forrest Shell, they moved to Jacksonville, Fl. In 1973 and art study was continued at Florida Community College, South Campus. Also at the same time, Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Fl.

Marie is an experimental artist, in love with color and texture.  She works in many mediums: w.c. acrylic, collage, and oil.  Marie also loves watercolor because of its unpredictable happenings.

She has been musically trained, and taught piano for 13 years, loves listening to Jazz while painting. Helps take care of Roses, Camelias, Day lilies, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Azaleas & orchids, whose images are used very often in paintings. Marie’s work has been chosen for publication in eight art books. Her Studio Gallery overlooks the St. Johns River, which brings more inspiration.

http://www.marieshell.com

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Josh Keyes

Mar 29, 2011 No Comments by Sea Stories
  1. Totem II, acrylic on wood panel, 24”x18”, 2008
  2. Totem IV, acrylic on wood panel, 40”x30”, 2008
  3. Rising, acrylic on wood panel, 18”x24”, 2008
  4. Thunder, acrylic on canvas, 40”x30”, 2008
  5. Goliath, acrylic on wood panel, 18”x24”, 2007
  6. Overflow, acrylic on wood panel, 36”x48”, 2007
  7. Sleeping V, acrylic on wood panel, 24”x18”, 2008
  8. Drifting, acrylic on panel, 30”x40”, 2009

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Josh Keyes was born in Tacoma, Washington. He received a BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University. Keyes currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.

Josh Keyes’ style is reminiscent of the diagrammatic vocabulary found in scientific textbook illustrations that often express through a detached and clinical viewpoint an empirical representation of the natural world. Assembled into this virtual stage set are references to contemporary events along with images and themes from his personal mythology. Josh Keyes’ work is a hybrid of eco-surrealism and dystopian folktales that express a concern for our time and the Earth’s future.

http://www.joshkeyes.net/

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