The inspiration for the painting “Seashell from the Great Barrier Reef” came from an incredible story, and the physical appearance of the shell.
An acquaintance of Dan (the artist) brought this gigantic shell (which is twice the size as depicted) to work, and it had been presented to this individual’s son by a dolphin. That’s right a dolphin!
The son is a sailor, and he had left from a Connecticut harbor to sail around the world alone, which is a story in itself. He ended up on a beach at the Great Barrier Reef, and was taking a walk, contemplating the sea, and watching a group of dolphins. They were having a grand time tossing something to each other. One of the dolphins actually swam close to the shore, and flipped the object at the sailor. That object was the shell, and it sailed back to Connecticut in that small sailboat.
The shell was on display at Dan’s place of employment for several weeks, and everyone enjoyed hearing the story, and seeing the beautiful, magical shell. It was almost as if the dolphin had presented the sailor the shell as a gift, a treasure from the sea.
When Dan heard the story, he knew that he had to put it on canvas, and so was born “Seashell from the Great Barrier Reef.”
This work is on display/for sale at the Essex Library in Essex Connecticut. Dan is the Featured Artist for the Month of November 2013. Hope you can check it out.
The dramatic framing was done by Wholesale Frames out of Meriden, Connecticut, and they are also listed on the “Links Page” of Dan’s website. Many of Dan’s pieces are framed by this very talented group, and they are also very nice and are into excellent customer service.
Dan (the artist) and Nancy (the blogger)