The Water’s Edge
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Aliso Viejo, California,
This painting explores my fear and fascination with swirling kelp in deep water. As a surfer, I often find myself catching my breath at the dark, looming shapes under the surface, swarming around my dangling feet. I flipped traditional conventions of landscape by painting this from the viewpoint of the ocean. This perspective increases the uneasiness of the picture.
I titled the painting “Hydra” after a monster in greek mythology that had multiple snake-like heads and a serpent’s body. According to the myth, if any heads were cut, more fearsome heads would regrow to take their place. When caught up in one of these kelp fields, it is easy to imagine how the ancients might have developed myths and legends of monsters in the deep.