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Mary Sayre's avatar Mary Sayre

“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” Dr. Sylvia Earle. The ocean stirs the soul and inspires the imagination; it is boundless and full of life. It heals and rejuvenates us in times of need and peace can be found along its shores. When we go to the ocean we see crystal clear blue water, we taste the salt, feel the wind on our face and witness the golden hour of sunset. Although the ocean may appear healthy and beautiful and look the same as it always has beneath the surface there are many troubling changes. These changes are a hard thing to convey because they do not affect people on a daily basis, and are hidden beneath the waves. As a traveler, scuba diver and sailor I have witnessed these changes and know we have many problems to solve. Pollution: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Dead Zones (low oxygen areas) caused by excessive nutrient pollution. Ocean warming, coral bleaching. Shark Finning, 100 million sharks are killed each year. Over fishing, 90% of many of our big fish have been extracted. Changes brought on by Global warming, over fishing and pollution has taken their toll on the undersea environment. Coral reefs and Kelp forest have been reduced by half compromising the diets and habitats of the creatures that live there. As the health of our oceans goes, so goes the health of our planet. According to Dr. Sylvia Earle, we are at a pivotal moment. “The next ten years may be the most important. Our oceans are at a tipping point, which means we still have a chance to tip things back in the right direction-if we act now.” Dr. Sylvia Earl and Mission Blue have set out the ambitious goal of protecting at least 20% of the ocean by 2020. Everyone on the planet is connected to the natural world. We can change, we have a responsibility to our ocean and our children to learn, protect and educate. As an ocean advocate and proud member of the Ocean Artist Society I hope to inspire a greater awareness to preserving our water planet by sharing the beautiful marine images in my paintings. The vastness of the water, witnessed from boating ON the water, and the minute, intricate details of life UNDER water all amaze me and further my commitment to preserving the magic of it all. “The sea, once it cast its spell holds you in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Yves Cousteau.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: oil
  • Width: 48 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 36 inches