2017 Artists / Photographers

Carey Chen
Painter, Muralist, Fisherman
Carey, drawn to the ocean since childhood in Jamaica, continues to fish and dive in Florida. His love of the sea shines through in his dramatic paintings. Carey’s works have graced the covers and pages of numerous tournament programs and fishing magazines. His wall-sized murals are on display in many of the world’s fishing destinations, including St. Thomas, Venezuela and Miami. When he’s not in his studio or at sea, Carey spends time preaching conservation or raising money for various charities including The Miami Project to cure Paralysis, The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Make a Wish, Cystic Fibrosis, Miami Children Hospital and more.


Don Ray
Fine Artist, Diver
Don Ray's oil paintings are the result of intensive study of the marine environment. His methods of research include diving with them in their habitat. Don strives to achieve a balance between artistic expression and realistic interpretations of life and light underwater. His art has graced many magazines/catalogs such as Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Marlin, Game Fish (France), Cabela's, Penn Reels, Saltwater Sportsman Magazine "Offshore" and "Inshore" salt water fishing books, and IGFA World Records Books. Don is a member of Society of Animal Artists and has received the Society's "Award of Excellence".

Manny Puig
Sculptor, Metal Artist
Manny Puig is a well known outdoorsman, entertainer, and hunting guide, but has been gaining increasing fame for his distinctive artwork. He is inspired by the wildlife that he works with and has a photographic memory for the detail in each of his subjects. He is known for his high-end, very realistic bronze sculptures of fish, sharks, and alligators. He also hand carves primitive weapons and shark tooth necklaces out of stainless steel -- each one individually designed, crafted, and signed, using specialized tools.


Michelle Brener
Illustrator, Designer, Photographer
Michelle Brener is an illustrator, designer, photographer and founder of Ciaboga. Ocean life has inspired her work - always giving her illustrations a fantastical twist. Brener graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Advertising & Design. Michelle’s work has been showcased in The Lowe Museum of Art & South Miami Art Walk. John Frieda, Miami City Ballet, Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, Given London & Airbnb are few of the companies she has had the pleasure to design for. She currently works as a Freelance Illustrator & Designer in Downtown Miami, FL.

Pascal Lecocq
Painter of Blue, Surrealist
Pascal has been exhibiting his work across US and Europe for the last thirty years, and his paintings can be found in galleries and private collections around the world. He has become famous for his images of divers in surreal situations enveloped in remarkable blue vistas. Pascal's characters evolve in their natural but surrealistic environment in which the spectators dive-- be it a diver "bullfighting" a great white shark, a group of divers playing leapfrog, or even ballroom dancing. The work of Pascal reflects his humor, poetry, dreams and imagination. Pascal is a graduate of the University in Paris with a doctorate in Art. His work is extremely personal and his matter is smooth, bright and delicate.


Stanley Meltzoff
Master Illustrator, Pioneer in his Field
Master of illustration and creator of an entirely new genre of sporting art, Stanley Meltzoff (1917-2006) was among the most influential American artists of the 20th century. His career spanned seven decades, including four years as correspondent for THE STARS AND STRIPES army newspaper during WWII, postwar prominence as a New York-based commercial artist and illustrator, and elevation to fine art the rendering of marine game fishes in the 1960s. His subsequent work dominated the sporting press for nearly 30 years. Widely honored throughout his career, Meltzoff's death in 2006 stilled a brush that will never be equaled.

Randall Scott
Marine Artist, Painter
Randy grew up in Escondido, CA, and began painting sharks and whales as a child. He was taught various techniques by his father and was inspired by Cousteau and Sea Hunt. Randy earned an Associate in Arts degree, and his first major dive painting was "Calico Bass" which appeared on the cover of California Angler. His goal is to give people an opportunity to experience ocean life as it really is, as if going down with a mask. He's also developed a sub-genre of dive art dedicated to sunken WWII bombers.


Kevin Dodge
Photographer, Freediver
A Miami native, Kevin has spent 20 years photographing the world of high fashion and elegant subject matter. As an avid freediver and lifelong watersports enthusiast, Kevin has turned his lens underwater, capturing the beautiful, exciting – and at times dangerous – world that belongs to a vast collection of undersea creatures. Kevin’s new artwork invites the viewer to pause and take a moment to see the silent, yet thrilling, oceanic marvels that few rarely glimpse. His work has been featured in the collections of Coca Cola, Ford, IBM, Dell, Budweiser, Hyatt Hotels, Bank of America, and Johnson & Johnson.

Chris Gillette
UW Photographer, TV GatorBoy
Chris Gillette Chris has had a passion for animals, especially toothy ones, since a young age. Aside from being a devoted photographer, Chris’s passion has also fueled a career as an entertainer, television personality, and a researcher with a degree in Environmental Studies from FIU. His work has taken him to the jungles of the Peruvian Amazon, the Costa Rican rainforests, the Banco Chinchorro atoll in Mexico, and across the United States. Chris's unique skills allow him to bring the camera lens close to oceanic pelagics, swamp creatures, and more. His photos have been featured in numerous magazines, books, and art displays.


Jose Debasa
UW Photographer, Freediver
Jose has an unbridled passion for photography. This passion grew during his teen years, photographing wildlife in the Everglades and prominent landmarks around South Florida. Many times he wandered into the swamp in search of the perfect close up of an alligator, snake, wood stork, or other native species of Florida. Soon enough his passion for the ocean led him to take the camera underwater. Jose is an avid freediver and captures shots on a single breath of air. Jose has been published in numerous publications and has worked with many leading companies in the watersports industry; apparel companies, fishing and dive charters, to help promote their venture.

Jason Mathias
Marine Artist, Painter, Muralist
As a child, Jason's two favorite pastimes were drawing and fishing, and it wasn't long before he started combining the two. Jason was accepted into The Ringling School of Art & Design where he majored in Illustration. While there, he began taking underwater video footage to use as reference material for his growing portfolio of realistic marine life paintings. As a student, he launched his career creating murals and commissioned artwork and also freelanced illustrations for Mote Marine Laboratories. Shortly after graduation, Jason was the premier featured artist at IGFA. Jason had also been featured artist numerous times and made several print signing appearances. Jason's current fine art compositions in oils, acrylics and watercolors are drawn from the extensive underwater digital video he took while diving off Florida and Cayman Islands.


Alessandra Hally
Underwater Photographer
Born and raised in the Florida Keys, Alessandra has always been drawn to the ocean. Growing up surrounded by water the ocean soon became her play ground. At the age of thirteen she began exploring underwater photography and never looked back. Showing others the beauty of the underwater world through photography and being able to spread ocean awareness has always been her main goal. Alessandra is currently attending Florida International University and is studying Art, she hopes to continue her love for photography and see where it takes her.

Scott Joffe
Nature Photographer
Scott’s camera is focused on capturing what is beautiful and unique in nature — dramatic landscapes, shimmering waters, unsuspecting wildlife, the vibrance of sunrise and sunset. Growing up on Sanibel Island, he developed a lasting passion for the ocean, fishing, and shell collecting. Scott also has a successful career as a software engineer and combines his analytical mind with his love for nature, in search of that perfect shot. His work has been featured in an article published in Practical Photography Magazine. He has been asked to display at various exhibitions, has won numerous photo contests, and plans to take his passion to the next level.


Scott Jeffries
Painter, Digital Artist
Originally inspired by his grandmother, Scott has painted his entire life. He was an all-American swimmer at the university of Pittsburgh where he also earned a law degree. In 2006, he moved to South Florida where he continued to paint and develop as an artist. His work is an irreverent expression of his sub-conscience, an invitation to imagine space and form from a new perspective.

Danielle Perry
Fine Artist, Island Explorer
Danielle has been inspired by the ocean and travel since her childhood in Canada. She is a self taught painter with a background in graphic design. Danielle has been living in Fort Lauderdale for the past 20 years working as a luxury yacht chef and artist. Her paintings have graced the covers of Jupiter, Tequesta, Hobe Sound magazines and she has been featured in Dockwalk and Tempus Jets magazines. Danielle's love of all things nautical, nature and the ocean transpires through her predominately blue paintings which are inspired by her Caribbean and Mediterranean travels.


Patricia Knight
Artist, Printmaker
After discovering printmaking in graduate school, Patricia began using her photographs from her diving as a basis for her prints. When the time came to move from the northeast to Florida, she used the opportunity to expand her art online, into galleries and private commissions. As an art teacher, she also tries to encourage appreciation and conservation of our local environment and sea life.

Tom D'Auria
Painter, Fisherman, Snorkeler
Coming from a family line of artists and growing up in South Florida, Tom has incorporated his love for the sea into his art. Starting at a young age, he attended Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Ringling College of Art and Design. With a passion for the beauty and wonder of the underwater world, marine life has become the concentration of his artwork. The countless hours he spent fishing and snorkeling, in addition to an intensive study of aquatic life, allows him to paint realistic gamefish and create unique underwater scenes.