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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


Alessandra Hally

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.

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.


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.