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.
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.
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.
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".
Craig Dietrich found his passion for
photography in high school, eventually joining the U.S. Navy and serving
in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Naval Photographer on
the USS Independence. Rejoining civilian life, he opened his childrens
and family photography business. Joining his two loves of photography
and scuba diving, Craig embarked on a career in underwater photography.
Craig has published in industry magazines and was recently spotlighted
on the local media for his amazing photographs of the whale shark
encounter in Pompano Beach. Craig teaches undewater photography at
Pompano Dive Center in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Ximena Olds is a relative newcomer to
underwater photography, however, in her first year of shooting has
placed in 4 international competitions, including an overall Grand prize
and first place finish, beating out some of the top underwater
photographers in the world. She prefers photographing underwater
portraits in an attempt to capture the subtle characteristics of her
subjects. Lately, she has also been involved in shooting underwater
fashion projects. When not diving for fun, she is is available for hire
for photo shoots above and below the water. Ximena is the founder of
Immersion Photography, a business that provides photo editing services
and instructional classes in Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom.
Traditional and fine art metal prints are also available for sale from
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.
California, David quickly grew to love the ocean and its
creatures. His father took him fishing when he could barely hold a rod.
He also mastered freshwater and fly fishing. Having an exceptional
talent for art at an early age, David developed a love for sculpting in
wood. Today, his two passions are combinded by creating images he sees
of fish leaping from the water, twisting in the air, and then plunging
back into the waves. Going to the next level, David is casting bronze
from his wood originals. His sculptures can be found on display at IGFA
where he was chosen as 2006 Featured Artist.
Steven Kovacs was born in Canada where he began his underwater journey
in the cold, rich waters surrounding Vancouver Island. In 2002, the
Canadian Association of Photographic Arts (CAPA) awarded Steven the
highest honor with a Gold Medal for his Grand Prize win in the British
Columbia Underwater Photographic Society international photo contest.
Since then he has placed over 80 times in International photographic
photo competitions. He has been published in numerous books and
magazines and his work has been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of
Natural History in Washington, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Koc
Science and Sea Museum in Istanbul, Turkey to name a few. In 2007,
Steven Kovacs published a hard cover coffee table book, "Magic Beneath
the Seas", consisting of over 300 stunning images displaying the beauty
and wonder of life in the world's oceans. For more info, prints and
books can be found on his website:
Marine life artist, BJ Royster, was born and raised in Miami, Florida.
BJ started painting the reefs after overcoming her fear of diving. In
just a short time, her paintings filled many homes and businesses around
the world. BJ has been published in the Redbone Journal, Backbone &
Chronicles, and Florida Coast Living. She has received several awards
including Best of Show. BJ is a member of Flagler County Art League,
Ocean Artist Society, Florida Keys Council of the Arts and is a
supporter of the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District where her BJ
Royster Ocean Gallery is located in Islamorada.
Gug's life has been
dedicated to the art of
underwater photography. His portfolio spans over 40 countries,
and he has taught workshops to over 1000 students. He has earned over 50
major awards and published in numerous places. With a Fine Art Gallery
of his images and base of operations in Fort Lauderdale, he stays on top
of this rapidly changing industry by being a techno-geek who loves to
experiment with new techniques and toys. To describe him as
passionate about underwater photography would an understatement -
obsessed would be the more adequate term.
Guy's passion for the ocean started when he
moved to the Keys at age 9. Since he could hold a pencil, Guy has been
drawing cars and boats. At age 10, he met Wyland in Key Largo at the
95th Whaling Wall where he began drawing and painting marine life. That
same year Guy completed his first mural on a dive shop in Key Largo that
was 23' by 14' and was the second painting he had ever done. In 2008,
Wyland took Guy to Beijing, China for the green Olympics to do the 100th
Whaling Wall with kids from around the world. At 17, Guy has four murals
of his own and has collaborated with both Wyland and Guy Harvey. He
continues to promote ocean conservation and is also a practiced
freediver, advanced diver and spearfisherman.
Randy grew up in Escondido, CA, and began
painting sharks and whales as a child. He was taught various techniques
by hi 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.
Sheryl's love of the ocean brought her from
California to Florida. Sheryl paints with oils and spends countless
hours photographing turtles and underwater creatures, watching sunrises,
and putting layers of feathers and furs on her wildlife. Sheryl paints
with passion from photographs she has taken from her diving in West
Palm, Pompano Beach, and the Bahamas, or sitting on a beach watching
waves and surfers, or spending hours on end at zoos. She is captivated
by wildlife and known for catching the expressions of the subject in