These beautiful "prehistoric" creatures are essential to ocean and beach ecosystems. In the water, they eat seagrass, keeping the ocean floor healthy and trimmed (a habitat for smaller ocean dwellers). On land, females lay many eggs, and only a few hatchlings make it back to the water. Those that don't survive this critical stage enrich beach soil for much needed vegetation. Many species of sea turtles are endangered or vulnerable. The most commonly sited threats are "bycatch" (victims of nets intended for fish), poaching, marine debris (especially plastics), climate change. and oil spills.
10" x 10", oil on linen
This piece was a commission, so the original is not available for sale. Fine art prints will be available soon.
Part of my beautiful inside/beautiful outside series, this is a portrait of my friend Shadi, who is filled with light and beauty. She is a great artist who is adept at many mediums, but her chosen field is photography. Her images are infused with humanity, love, and grace. She has generously allowed me to use several of her beautiful images as reference for my work (another indicator of her beautiful spirit!). You can find her on www.aksphotographyaustin.com
14" x 11" oil on linen
Rhea Groepper Pettit
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