Where Two Worlds Collide
‘Where two worlds collide’ is a series of artwork and stories celebrating all things that live in and around the ocean and rainforest of Costa Rica – especially focusing on the area where the two worlds meet. After spending a year exploring Costa Rica I have not only been so inspired by the magic of the place but also fascinated with all things that swim, glide, fly, climb, sore and flutter. I want this series to be a celebration of life that combines these two worlds to create a dream like realm. When exploring the rich bio-diversity of Costa Rica, from the wild waters of Cocos Island to the dense Rainforest of Corcovado National Park, I feel like I am in a dream. The animals, colours, plants, sounds and smells are all so magical to me, leaving me feeling like I am walking through a real life avatar world. Creating personal connections is vital to my creative process and I will be using the power of storytelling along with visual imagery to help connect you as this viewer to this world I have fallen in love with. Each painting will be inspired by a combination of my own encounter stories and photos I have taken on my adventures. The paintings will be focused on creating a surreal world, combing creatures together that would not normally meet and creating my Costa Rica fantasies. Resulting in a visual passion for my love for the place. I hope my work result in you as the viewer forming a greater love and wonder for the bio-diversity in Costa Rica, allowing you to grow that passion to want to protect it.
I will be making my own unique glow watercolour paints for this series illustrating the magic that you can find in these worlds. Which is inspired by bioluminescent found in the rainforest as well as the Ocean. Each painting will shine bright vivid colours during the day and glow during the night, mimicking the real life wonders of nature. One of the things that first hit me from exploring both the land and the ocean is how colourful the creatures and environment is. The bright yellow of a toucans chest, the vivid primary colours of a Scarlet Macaw, the rainbow sky’s at sunset and the rich mid-night blue of an Oceanic Pacific Manta is all so captivating and has inspired the vivid colours that will be used in this series.
For each painting I will be working together with conservation organisations within Costa Rica to help create richer and deeper connections to the animals seen in the artwork. Whilst at the same time raising awareness for the amazing conservation work happening with in Costa Rica.
I am hoping by the end of this series I have paintings that captive your imagination and make you fall in love with the creatures and environments I paint. Original artworks, giclee prints and t-shirts will be sold from this series and a percentage will go back into the conservation groups I work with. A way to give back and to enjoy meaningful art within your home.
W o r k i n p r o g r e s s . . .
Pura Vida translates into ‘Pure Life’ and is a common phrase used in Costa Rica. I wanted to create something that sum’s up Costa Rica in one painting. Creating a fantasy and dream like world, playing with vibrate colours, characters and compositions. All reference images for this painting where taken by me whilst exploring Costa Rica in 2019 and beginning of 2020. The Kill-bill Toucan featured in this painting was inspired by my visit to the Toucan Rescue Range, where I had the pleasure to meet Patrick. He is one of the oldest residence at Toucan Rescue Ranch and he was illegally confiscated as a pet from someone’s home. If they’re kept as pets, it’s hard to release because they become desensitized to humans and have the threat of being easily trafficked again. So Patrick is spending his days at the Toucan rescue range, San Jose. I was captivated by his inquisitive and funny character and knew he was going to be the star of the show!
The mother turtle in 'Pura Vida' was inspired by an unforgettable morning on a beach in Ostional where I witness 1000’s of Olive Ridley turtles come up the beach to lay their eggs. I had heard that they were landing at the beach so I got up at 4:00am followed by a sleepy 2 hour drive. Stepping on to the beach I was hit by the mass of white egg shells dotted around the place and the sound of exhausted mothers digging, laying eggs, covering their eggs or moving slowly back to the ocean. The look on their faces were wise but exhausted and your heart goes out to each one as they slowly dragged their tired bodies back to the ocean for a well earned rest. Sunrise provided a warm glow over the beach illuminating the ocean mist hanging over the water.
The Butterfly and frog was inspired by the incredible abundance of life found on land. I saw Blue Morpho butterflies everywhere I went which always left a bit of magic in the air.
This painting is currently a work in progress, she is made using hand made watercolour paintings that are very vibrant in colour in daylight and under a black light glows which is inspired by bioluminescent found in the rainforest as well as the Ocean. To watch the progress of 'Pura Vida' please head over to my Instagram.
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