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From the artist:
After listening to Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner my abstract imaginings turned to the visions of startling beauty seen by a drowning sailor in tropical seas. I had been mulling over this theme for several weeks and decided that I wanted to try a fresh and new approach to my abstracts and yet retain my semblance of style illustrated in my abstracts previously. It was quite a challenge I had set before me but soon I could picture exactly what I wanted, the hard part was translating these strange imaginings in my head into a visual experience captured in Photoshop and Corel. As the weeks progressed more and more work began to pour forth and the results are collected here in Davey Jones’ Locker. The back story to these works of abstract wonder is as follows:- "Once I was a drowned mariner. A tropic storm had torn asunder the privateer schooner and cast crew and cargo into the clutches of an ocean deep. Lungs filled with salted sea, death swam amongst a corral floor and unfurled wings of majestic beauty. Breath eluded, darkness befell this drowned sailor. But survive I did, washed ashore and spared the final visions of the life to follow. Shipwrecked and beaten, I was a lone man of sorrow and despair till salvation rose beneath the sails of a passing ship. I was a drowned man alive, sole survivor with haunted dreams. Recovering in a sanatorium, this once starved and drowned mariner was to be forever stalked by Grimm's oceanic beauty, dying each night with salted lungs enthralled by the visions recalled of a sojourn with death. My good doctor, aiding the recovery of mind and body, suggested I wrestle no longer with the nightmares remaining and instead take up brush and translate the hauntings onto canvas. With paint I exorcise my soul and lay to rest the hauntings of a broken sailor. Behold the dreams of oceans deep where once I was a mariner drowned!" Each doodle was created digitally using Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paintshop Pro, DeepDream Generator and Filterforge. Each doodle is on Kodak stretched canvas (24inches x 16 inches and 1 inch deep) using Epson Inks and signed digitally as well as in pencil on the back.