September South Swell was taken one evening just last year as the swell was rising fast. The soft light of the coming sunset was shining so clear through the crest of the waves, it was unbelievable. The way the warm yellow light blends in with the sea green hues creates this beautiful blown-glass effect instead of the powerful wave that it really is. The irony of the warm, peaceful tone of the image, and the true nature of the wave makes for true art.
Cardiff Light- I captured this image one evening after an especially long surf session. The sun was setting but the sky kept this warm golden light, it looked more like the early hours of the morning sunrise than an afternoon sunset so golden and warm it felt like midday. The water reflected the yellow sky so clearly it felt as if I was surfing on liquid gold. This image is just full of warm surfer’s bliss and nature's unpredictable beauty.
Oceanside Abstract was taken by the north side of the pier during a powerful swell caused by some heavy winds and rains. A bad cold confined me to the shore with my camera instead of in the waves with my board. Of all the great shots I got that day, this one just really stuck out to me with all the movement. Using a slow shutter speed I followed to wave rather than keeping the camera stagnant and I was able to capture the geometric shapes in the scaffolding while keeping that obscurity to the piece. This combined with the distorted horizon line as well as the soft focus of the breaking waves created this elusive, abstract image. It was the perfect addition to my abstract series.
The spot where this piece, Napili Wave, was taken is known for it’s calm currents and lush reefs, making it a perfect place to snorkel and see some of Maui’s most tropical sea. What it isn’t known for, is a good place to surf...that’s what made this day so unique. After a great day of swimming with the turtle’s along Napili Bay I was able to catch this fleeting moment where the winds picked up and created this powerful wedge that surged over the reef. I was able to capture just how strong and fast the isolated wave was. This piece is a captivating illustration of Nature’s unpredictable power.
This piece, entitled Pulse, was taken in autumn, just as the swell began rolling in on the Carlsbad Shore. Ponto State Beach is the local’s favorite spot to camp out during the warm summer months. It’s an even better spot to hunker down and wait for that perfect moment to capture the deep, rich colors of the setting sun on the glassy ocean. Pulse earns it’s name by the velvety waves that seem to rhythmically roll toward you as you take in the depth and mesmerizing mood of the piece. This image was taken with a slow shutter speed as I gently pulled the camera along the horizon, giving it an elegant brush-stroke appearance. I use this technique in each piece of my Abstract Series.
Carlsbad, CA. This image was taken on a day where we had some storms moving in along the coast the sky was filled with a hue of pinks while the sun was starting to set.
This piece was a featured piece for the spring Surf Rider Art Galla, and is currently on display in Carlsbad at Relm