Artwork > Oceana

Acrylic on pine
36” x 20 1/2” x 1/2”

Here rises a humpback whale as encountered in her hunting ground on Stellwagen Bank.

Incantations of spiraling bubblenets are cast by the whale during her feeding spells, creating a stew of fish at the ocean surface.

Once this alchemists greets her prey at the emerald membrane of the plankton sea, her mouth is held agape to take in the quarry. The rostrum closes like a lid upon an expansive jaw, bearing a grin of ochre baleen as water strains from the back of her hungry maw.

From the brine of water level this monolith of pleat and tubercle appears as a Cauldron, holding within a broth of lost souls.

The humpback whale is an inexhaustible subject for aesthetic curiosity, as she is geometric and abstract in her architecture. Every varying angle incites artistic exploration.