All along the Eastern seaboard nautical gift shops litter beachfront towns. From seashells and sharks teeth, to fish nets and hermit crabs; everything ocean is up for sale. As prevalent and ridiculous as these shops are, they are reminiscent of my childhood and where I am from - the Ocean State. This series of work was initially conceived to pay homage to my home and put my own twist upon those shops I frequented as a child.
Of the many things found in these shops, the classic "ship in a bottle" has always fascinated me. I decided to put my own twist upon them by creating ocean scenes beyond the stereotypical ship in a bottle. Although traditional studies of ships was my starting point, I slowly strayed away from that and began to create all-encompassing worlds inside each bottle. Using field guides as references, I took something natural and real and turned it into a more aesthetically pleasing, graphic work of art.
All the bottles are hand drawn on bristol paper using ink, colored pencils and acrylic paint. They are mounted on a 1/8" masonite wood cut and have a clear acetate overlay in order to mimic the natural sheen of a glass bottle.