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.


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".

Jeremy Sinkus
Glass Artist, 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.


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.

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.


Steve Ozment

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.