Open edition print by V. Rae
Image size: 18" x 12"
Whether sailing Alaska coastal waters or snorkeling Hawaiian shores, V Rae chronicles natural life through bold portraits that leap from the canvas to your heart. Defying convention in a startling fusion of color and negative space, V paints Freestyle Expressions that transport each personal encounter through time and space, sharing with the world her seamless blend of art, nature and individual personality. Like Humpback whales, V migrates between Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii each year painting from platforms frequented by her subjects.
Artist's narrative: I truly hope Steller Sea Lions are not in eclipse. In Alaska, the Steller population has declined by 70% - 80% since the 1970's. Speculated cause is complex and, likely, an inter-related collision between Orca predatory behavior, climate change and pollution. I am artist-in-residence at the Alaska SeaLife Center and Alaska Zoo where I regularly contribute work to fundraising events that support care and research.