I live near the ocean, walking along the shore with friends, family and on my own several times a week. I see the damage our use of plastics and disposable items is wreaking on our oceans and their and its inhabitants. I’ve become especially conscious of sunscreen damage to coral reefs and always buy coral reef safe sunscreen. I urge you to do the same.
Coral reefs, sometimes called the rain forests of the sea, are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems, providing us with food, shoreline protection, and jobs based on tourism. As many as 25% of all ocean species depend on reefs for food and shelter, yet they cover less than two percent of the ocean bottom.
Overfishing and destructive fishing, pollution, global warming, changing ocean chemistry and invasive species are taking a huge toll, and reefs are rapidly disappearing. So I painted one to highlight the problem while working on my Splendor Series.
Who knew that the sea, reefs and peacocks had so much in common?Just consider the colors used to create them all: Peacocks possess India Blue, White, Cameo, Charcoal, Purple, Bronze, Peach, Opal, Midnight and Jade. They all show up in the flora and fauna of the coral reef too.
Oh, Mother Nature! You are so cool.