Oceans of Life
I have always found oceans and inland seas irresistible. Their distant horizons and white-capped waves and surging tides endlessly intrigue but also elude precise description. More than only romantic vistas or sentimental shorelines, oceans are rightly called by the United Nations the “lungs of the planet.” Earth’s oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe (through the process of photosynthesis by marine plants). They are also home to millions of species and provide humans with at least a sixth of all the animal protein we eat. Covering over 70% of the planet’s surface, oceans also regulate climate and weather patterns. All of these essential functions stand in serious risk of disruption because of global warming.
As we begin the five-week “Season of Creation” this Sunday, Ocean is the theme for the first week. In doing some research on oceanic images, I stumbled upon the paintings of Scott Denholm. He’s an award-winning artist and surfer who lives along Australia’s “sunshine coast” in Queensland and is likely the world’s only “eco-conscious surfer-artist.” As his website notes: “In his mid-twenties, Scott started to became aware of the health dangers and environmental impacts associated with traditional oil painting processes as well as the toxic, crude oil by-products used to make surfing equipment. Always striving for positive change, he decided to combine his passions and set out to find the most eco- friendly products available and become both an eco-conscious surfer and artist. After two years of researching, sourcing and testing eco-friendly art materials, he started painting surf scenes with the intention to share with the surfing community to help educate surfers and brands about the impacts of traditional surf products and marine conservation issues.” (Click HERE to read more and enjoy […]