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  • Medium: Acrylic On Canvas
  • Size (Inches H x W): 48 x 30
  • Unframed Price ($CAD): 9,700
  • Product code: OA-2016-POFF

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Pacific Octopus: Free Falling

Released 2016

When I was a biology student at the University of Victoria I took a course in Scuba Diving. On the first dive the class did in the sea we encountered a huge octopus with a diameter of approximately 12 feet. We followed this amazing creature for about ten minutes, and even in 40 years of diving, I have never seen one as large since. After a spurt of movement the streamline shape would transform into a huge umbrella and drift slowly downwards followed by another burst of smooth energy until it disappeared into the distance. I have painted several works inspired by this memorable experience but this is the first octopus I have positioned in free fall as seen from slightly below. The background kelp forests and density of life forms that fill every nook and cranny of the sub-tidal sea floor were very time consuming to paint but were a wonderful indulgence… almost as exciting as going on a 10 day dive.

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