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 sustainable regulations prohibiting manta fishing in one of the world's richest fishing grounds.
I was very proud to have my manta ray painting on display in the centre of the centre of town, Plaza San Roque! Sachaqa Centro de Arte, a centre for artists in San Roque de Cumbaza (the Peruvian Amazon). Artists, fashion designers and local townsfolk were brought together for a grand finale installation at the end of artist's residencies that occupied the town.