Excited to unveil "Sea Garden", a commissioned acrylic on canvas painting for one of my amazing collectors!
"Sea Garden" 24" x 36" acrylic on canvas
Coral Reefs are the gardens of the ocean, filled with movement, color, and an abundance of life found no where else in the world. They make up less than 2% of the ocean floor yet are home to nearly 25% of marine life, acting as nurseries and places of safety for the oceans nomads. Along with their ecological importance to the health of our oceans, they support a $172 billion dollar industry; providing food, protection of shorelines, jobs based on tourism, and even advances in medicines.
Our planet has already lost nearly 50% of her coral reefs to bleaching, pollution, and habitat destruction, but there is still time to salvage these gardens. Organizations like the Coral Restoration Foundation are leading the way to recovery by growing endangered corals in underwater "green houses" and bringing whole reef systems back to life! Talk about the ultimate gardeners! :)
But they, like many other conservation organizations need our help to spread awareness on this issue, or we risk losing them forever. So please share with your friends if you think coral reefs deserve to be protected and let me know what you think! Thank you for taking the time to read friends, you all are awesome!
- To learn more about the Coral Restoration Foundation and to see how you can get involved please visit; https://coralrestoration.org/
- To learn about the threats currently facing coral reefs, read this interview with Mark Spalding, a Nature Conservancy marine scientist; http://grist.org/climate-change/2011-02-24-75-of-coral-reefs-on-earth-threatened-but-theres-hope/