Hammerhead Blue and Green
12″ x 24″
Oil on Wood
This painting was inspired by an impromptu trip to the island of Bimini. I tagged along on a trip with the Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom crew and was able to swim with these amazing sharks.
While the rest of the crew was SCUBA diving below the boat in about 30 feet of water, I had mask fins and snorkel on top. Though the sharks were focused on the crew and their bait box, they would make large 100 yard circle patterns, allowing me to free dive to the bottom and swim alongside them – if only for a few seconds. It was mind-blowing-ly cool, until I was floating on top and got that sneaking feeling to look around. As I turned, I saw one was following me at the surface, right behind my fins.
Needless to say, I cut my swim short and made a bee-line back to the boat. Luckily, I took a still frame from the Go-Pro footage and turned it into this painting.
Special thanks to Duncan Brake and Jillian Morris-Brake for being great hosts and guides. You can check out their educational non-profit here – Sharks 4 Kids – and get their kid’s book – Norman the Nurse Shark .