“How to Fly Straightforward” is a wildlife painting of Manta Rays swimming in blue abstract brush strokes. These fish have unique shapes that are easily identified, so I wanted to paint them from a different angle viewers may not be familiar with
When my friend Nina Teider-Kerr worked as a marine biologist in Mancora, Peru, I was exposed to the overfishing plight of manta rays and reacted with this painting. Mantas have since been given protection in Peru, with regulations prohibiting manta fishing and adding to the sustainability of one of the world's richest fishing grounds.
A big swopping blue brush stroke abruptly ended to leave dripping fingers of paint, reminiscent of water and waves Japanese woodblock print artists. I sketched in manta rays with a white china marker and a few green and red oxide painted lines, similar to a stencil.