Archives: Personal Projects
Decisions, Decisions I am excited to introduce “Sunrise Lines”, a balsa wood surfboard shaped and glassed by Juan Rodriguez of One World in Sarasota, Florida. Ricky Carroll, shaper of “Crystal Lip”, had introduced Juan to my work and as I was contemplating my next project the phone rang. It was Juan.
“Pink Hibiscus”, surfboard #4 in the Tony Arruza Collection, is completed and as with the prior three boards it is an eye-catching and unique piece. For those not familiar with this project the goal is to come up with 15 boards by 15 shapers from which to mount gallery shows from. This personal project is a marriage of two life long passions, photography and surfing.
Nostalgia has no relevance in the forthcoming observation. My comments, instead, are entirely based on photographs taken thirty years ago. I find these long-forgotten images to have a look and feel seldom seen any more. Whether this is good or bad is a subjective point of view. If living in the past keeps one from advancing in the future so be it. However, living without a knowledge of history only keeps the wheels spinning in place and makes a person unwise. Please note that these images depict the use of animals for man’s enjoyment which many of you may find… Continue reading
A couple of months back surfboard #3 of my surfboard/art project and he was impressed with what we had done. I was delighted with his request to use an inlay design on one of his beautifully hand crafted, and expensive, solid balsa surfboard. The inlay would be placed as a lengthwise strip that measured 7’6″ long and 5″ wide on either side of the center stringer. The inlays that I’ve created for my personal boards are the full width and length of the bottom of the board. To create a one photograph inlay of the proportions Ricky wanted was close… Continue reading
It was a calm, cool and beautiful afternoon and a full moon would be rising in a couple of hours. I decided I would set up a shot of the rising moon with an idea I had in mind. The winds were out of the west, which meant incoming jets to Palm Beach International would be approaching from the east and in-line with a big orange moon. Furthermore this time of year large flocks of turkey vultures congregate on the mangrove islands that lie between West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. At times when the wind is moderate to high… Continue reading
My latest surfboard art was created in conjunction with award winning shaper Ricky Carroll of RC Surfboards in Rockledge, Florida. The inlayed image, titled “Crystal Lip” (#1 of 10), is from a series of recently photographed wave lips. It evokes purity in motion and makes a striking and dramatic image on this, my third surfboard inlay. From the outset it was truly a collaborative effort. Ricky suggested a 7″ 4″ semi-gun style, big wave board and a color resin tint job on the opposite side of the print. This would be the first time we would accent a color… Continue reading