Earlier in the year, I was asked to paint a new piece of surfing art to be featured on the Fosters Belmar Pro 2010 Limited Edition Poster. This surfing competition takes place every September and it's definitely one of the highlights of my fall calendar.
This was one of the busiest and most enjoyable summers I've had. My travels and touring schedule kept me away for weeks at a time in places like Brazil, New York City, the Jersey Shore, North Carolina and Chicago.
So, in late July when I settled back into my beach town, I started sketching for this piece. I immediately knew there were some elements I had to include which many of my fellow surfers share a love of. The rock jetties and greenish-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the color of light playing on and through the waves. That feeling of satisfaction when those swirling chopped up waters of a hurricane swell turn into workable swell.
When deciding on a title, I wanted something that represented my longing to just get a piece of home, as well as representing Jersey's balance of surf culture and urban influence & that feeling of slicing through a beautifully formed wave.
No matter how much I travel, there's no place like home. Thus “Home Slice” became representative of my late summer homecoming.
I have a very eclectic taste in art and when I am at a museum, I find myself drawn towards fine artists from Caravaggio to Van Gogh, Degas to Dali. I have been wanting for some time now to create some pieces that express my love of more painterly brushstrokes, impressionistic color palettes and abstracted form.
This painting is a natural progression from my more polished and rendered pieces. I had a lot of fun during the entire creative process and look forward to continuing my path of artistic growth. Here's to those magical moments!
In addition, it will be available in Belmar, NJ during “Surf Week” between Sept 11-19th 2010, as a limited edition fine art poster