I might be one of the few people residing on Vancouver Island not to have seen orcas yet. This helps stir my imagination to the point where when I see images suggesting a close scene with an orca pod, I can almost hear them exhaling from their blow holes, and feel the spout of sea water on my cheek.
This experimental artwork was painted during my artist's residency at the amazing Sachaqa Centro De Arte in Peru. The abstract blues in the background expressively performed in splatters and mixes suggesting water, while the yellows and reds were dripped on and pressed with plastic for a textured relief. Their is just enough definition for he humpback whale is swimming towards us and checking us out, while the lack of a solid defined horizon puts us in a dream.
Humpbacks are the species I might have the most luck in free diving with; while orcas are notoriously elusive and many other families are hard to find or shy, humpbacks have shown tolerance and even curiosity for some who are fortunate to share space with them.
While boating I always hope to be joined by dolphins and other wildlife, and frequently daydream about seeing them. Were a huge animal like an orca to actually keep pace with my boat it would be terrifying and amazingly cool to behold!