2016 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.
www.careychenart.com

 


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".
www.donrayart.com




Jeremy Sinkus
Glass Artist, Diver, Conservationist
Born in Worcester Massachusetts, Jeremy Sinkus was in the arts and in the ocean at an early age. When Jeremy started flame working glass in 2003 he found another ocean, an ocean of possibilities. With life long experience as a fisherman and scuba diver he naturally flowed aquatic with his glass designs. For Jeremy, glass is the perfect medium to create sea life while reflecting the fragility of the oceans delicate eco-systems and marine animals. "You love what you think is beautiful, and what you love you protect". This is the way Jeremy feels he can help connect the hearts of people to the ocean with hopes of growing conservation efforts with his art.
www.jeremysinkus.net 

 


Ben Hicks
Photographer, Conservationist
Ben has journeyed to exotic locales spanning the globe to compose a diverse collection of fine-art photography that captures the majestic beauty of the natural world. He strives to portray the familiar in extraordinary ways and sometimes takes big risks to capture big waves or precarious animal encounters. His work has been featured in National Geographic, WWF, National Parks Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Surfing Magazine, and more. He is focused on using his photography to communicate the importance of conserving the world’s oceans and follows key species, such as sea turtle, that serve as important indicators of the health of the world's marine and coastal ecosystems. Ben strives to serve the global community by using his art to inspire others to value conservation and preservation so that we can work towards a more sustainable future.
www.benjhicks.com




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.
www.facebook.com/manny.puig.98?ref=br_rs

 


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.
www.randallscottart.com




Carlos Barbón
Watercolor Artist, Art Director
Carlos Barbón is an art director in the catalog industry working with major clients such as the Sports Authority and Macy’s. Barbón now turns to spearfishing watercolors, his life-long passion, capturing the lifestyle and comradery found in the spearfishing world. His favorite medium is watercolors and graphite “because they lend themselves beautifully to ocean themes and the tropics”. Carlos Barbón graduated from Florida State University with a BA degree in art and a minor art history. Barbón is a member of the South Florida Free Divers and the Florida Watercolor Society.
www.barbonwatercolors.com

 


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.
www.pascal-lecocq.com




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.
www.josedebasaphotography.com

 


K.C. Scott
Marine Artist, Painter
K.C. is an award winning artist who has a true passion for lakes and oceans and all its life. Starting his career as a golf professional, he then turned to art. He not only catches and studies these fish, but he also gets in the water and photographs them in their natural environment. His work is known for being very lifelike and has been featured in many of the major fishing publications.
www.kscottart.com




Steve Ozment
Local Artist, Painter, Diver
Steve is a local artist who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to Florida at one year old. He attended Ft. Lauderdale High School and Broward Community College. He specialized in marine art, both fish and reef scenes, and he works with acrylic, oil, and pencil. He exhibits regularly at the Sailfish Marina outdoor show and has designed the artwork for many fishing tournaments. He enjoys fishing, diving, photography, cycling, and painting.
www.steveozmentdesign.com

 


Craig Lavin
Inlay Artist, Marine Biologist
Craig began creating marine life inlays in 1999. With a background in marine biology, living reef husbandry, sea turtle ecology, and scuba, he is a self trained artist beginning his career in inlay after prior time spent as an aquarist for a local science museum, and as a high school marine biology teacher. Drawing on his passion for marine life as well as the inlay art form in general, he has become one of the foremost inlay artists working, having produced museum quality collectible pieces for CF Martin guitars, Kamaka Ukulele, numerous hand build luthiers, as well as high end international private collectors, Vantage Automotive (Rolls Royce custom shop), rock stars, and other respected luthiers and guitar companies/collectors from all over the world.
www.handcraftinlay.com




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.
www.jasonmathias.com

 


Craig Dietrich
UW Photographer, Teacher
Craig Dietrich found his passion for photography in high school, eventually joining the U.S. Navy and serving as a Naval Photographer. Rejoining civilian life, he joined his two loves of photography and scuba diving and embarked on a career in underwater photography. Craig's award winning work is on display at two hotels. He's had articles in several industry publications, and contributes to a monthly blog in Scuba Diving Magazine. Craig teaches all levels of undewater photography for Force-E.
www.dietrichunderwater.com




Mary Sayre
Painter, Diver, Sailor
Mary Sayre’s Art is clearly inspired by water and nature, a Master scuba diver and sailor, her inspiration comes in many forms from diving on a reef in Mexico to watching the waves break on the bow of her schooner. Mary’s love of painting started as a young girl and gave way to a career in glass and design. Her mediums include oils and acrylic on natural marble -- an innovative and original art form that combines natural marble and painted imagery. Mary shares the beautiful and mysterious world found beneath the waves in many of her paintings. Her work is exhibited in shows and galleries locally and nationally.
www.marysayreart.com

 


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.
www.chrisgillette.com




Alan Feldmesser
Oil Painter, Marine Artist, Diver
Alan studied art at Syracuse University and interned with world renowned portrait artist, RW Cowan. Alan has taught drawing at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts and at American Heritage HS. When he discovered the world of scuba, the weightlessness, the quiet, the way light refracted on things, the interactions with certain species became life changing. He is a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists and a member of the Ocean Artists Society, founded by Wyland and Guy Harvey. He teaches privately, dives as much as possible, and takes his inspiration from the ocean to the studio.
www.alanfeldmesser.com

 


Jessica Cecil
Marine Artist, Keys Native
Jessica is a local artist living in Key Largo. Born and raised in the Florida Keys, her artwork is full of local color and marine-life inspiration. Her pieces are influenced by her love of the ocean, her educational background in marine biology, and her desire to recreate the beauty she sees every day in the Keys. She typically paints with acrylics on canvas. Jessica has her own personal style with vibrant colors and thick, bold outlines and is quickly becoming a recognized artist.
www.jessicaannart.com