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Painting: Airbrush, Acrylic on Aluminium, Canvas.
My work for the past 40 years has been inspired by my love of surfing, nature and the ocean.
This particular digital painting was inspired by a photo I shot from near Kam Hwy at Waimea Bay on the N. Shore of Oahu, in the winter of 1991/1992.
I have a fierce desire to film and paint empty waves because for one thing they show the raw power of nature and the Pacific Ocean. Generated by storms that come off the continent by Japan, gigantic low pressure systems travel across the N. Pacific ocean generating these beautiful beasts. After traveling in a wave train thousands of miles across the Pacifc Ocean the energy is expended onto the shore break at Waimea Bay, on the island of Oahu, the most isolated landmass on planet earth.
I travled winter after winter to Oahu, chasing the surf to capture these images.
I shot this photo in the early morning on a winter day at Waimea Bay. The Eddie Aikau Big Wave competition was on standby since the swell was nearing the height of 40' on the face which gives the contest organizers a green light to start the competition. I have to get to the bay when it's still dark on days like this no later than 4:30 am due to the large crowds of cars and people that jam Kam Highway looking to find a parking spot so they can check out the surf.
I painted this image using the original 35mm film file. I scanned it and then using a digital airbrush and other photo art techniques I employ I created the digital painting.
I shoot my images on both 35mm slide film and digitally.
I output the original artwork to either canvas or aluminum and then add acrylic paint at that time when I deem the image demands it.
Acrylic paint is added to some of my pieces to highlight certain areas. This painting does not have the acrylic paint added.
Shipping for the original will depend on the weight of the image and where it is being shipped in the world.
So the shipping details below are just a guesstimate.
The file size for the original art piece is 40" x 60". I can make it larger but the list price will increase accordingly. It can be printed on either Aluminum or Canvas as a Giclee.