I’ve been infatuated with the ocean for as long as I can remember. My father, who is a scientist and a surfer, used to take me to tidepools and swims at a young age and so I developed an appreciation for the ocean and its flora and fauna as a kid. I trained as a swimmer and water polo player, which made me strong in the water and led me to a job as a beach lifeguard. This experience was very eye opening, as it demonstrated the ocean’s power and potential to be ruthless and unforgiving to those with little aptitude in the water.
I think both of these experiences help shape my relation with the ocean today. I have much appreciation about all the ocean has to offer in terms of power, beauty, and energy. When you’re in the ocean, you are literally surrounded by life and thousands of years of natural processes that sculpt the contours of the bottom and the shore. It’s incredibly dynamic and will always be a source of awe and inspiration in my life and my work as an artist.
The goal of my work is to illustrate the systems and environments of coastal zones and surf spots in a way that makes people think. I think that using unique angles and perspectives provides an aesthetic that gets surfers stoked but also shows depth beyond just the waves. If I elicit a reaction that gets people to examine the natural environment and processes that factor into the experience of surfing, then I have succeeded.
Here is some of the work, click on the images to expand.
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