Keeping Watch Through the Storm: Oil on 12″ x 16″ Panel

Keeping Watch Through the Storm: Oil on 12″ x 16″ Panel by artist V.W., 2021

This is a painting I began a couple of years ago. I did exhibit this at a few locations and decided to put it away in my personal collection. I liked how the textures came out as well as the movement of the water–there is so much going on! I was thinking of adding a boat or a ship in the distance and may still decide to this in the future. I have a couple of shows next year, so may decide to put this in one of them.

I wanted to challenge myself to paint more abstractly, but still remain representational. I also wanted to contrast beauty and chaos. In times like these, especially, I think it is always important to remember that things are constantly moving and shifting around us and not to get lost in the negative aspects of life or get caught up in the wave of politics and ideologies. There is beauty in accepting the impermanence of nature and our state of being, and there is freedom in letting go of our negative past, feelings, and thoughts. Although impermanence seems like a scary word, there is permanence and objectivity in ideas like beauty, which means that there is always a permanent light that can be found even in the midst of a storm.

I am currently in the process of painting another storm on canvas. This one will be slightly different. Will post the finished piece once completed.

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AOC Virtual Art Show and Throwback!

Happy to have some of my pieces displayed in this virtual art show with other talented artists:

Click here to view my selected pieces: https://artsonthecoast.org/withun

I also decided to feature one of my older paintings from 2018. I am very passionate about the ecosystem especially since I live in a coastal area. This one was displayed at the Garibaldi Museum in Oregon for an art show dedicated to the coastal areas around the United States.

Underwater Garden: Oil on 16″ x 12″ Panel

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I’m simply just drawn to water. As someone with a background in environmental science who lives near the coast, I appreciate coastal ecosystems and all the life and beauty it offers. This painting is special to me especially in a time when coral reef ecosystems are being threatened by the warming waters and increased CO2 emissions.

This painting is currently in Deep South Photopoint Gallery in Richmond Hill, GA for a juried art exhibition from June 28th until September 8th.

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