Art & Ecology by Bwana Spoons
Hi. My Name is Bwana Spoons. Welcome to my new series of arts based on the people, art, and wildlife of islands.
I was born and raised a California kid. Only the beginning and end points of my childhood were anywhere close to the coast, or water. Even putting my toes in the ocean was sketchy to me. I was just sure I would be eaten. I think this is where the excitement about islands began. I grew up so afraid of bridges that I swore I would never cross one once I was old enough to be on my own. Now I live in Portland Oregon. It’s not an island, but holy hell there are a lot of bridges here!
I have a fascination, or more like it, an obsession with islands, These tiny specs of land surrounded by the sea. Some of you know that I have an obsession with toys too. When I was 7, I had this starfish seashell nightlight, and this action figure with an Egyptian sarcophagus and glowing chest plate. Each night I would charge the figure’s chest with the night light as I fell asleep. I discovered my little action figure buddy had another friend. A similar figure in an Easter Island Moai case. I flipped out, and sparks flew when I discovered these Moai were real, ancient, massive statues on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacifc. My obsession with islands was set in stone.
So the works in this series will be meant to explore and share some of that obsession. Along the way, I am going to show you some really amazing places, artifacts, beasts big and small, and with a heap of goodluck, visit a few of these places for myself.
At the end of this print series, I’ll make a book ( or in the least, have a super powered artshow).
The focus of these works is two fold.
Make beautiful art, and raise awareness about the land and sea around us.
Island Projects begins with a print series.
From each print, piece of art, and event I will be donating 10% of all sales to a variety of charities. Focus on reef life, clean water, endangered speciies, and education will be re-accuring themes.
My hope is that over time I can get peoples eyes and brains honed in a bit more on the world around us.
Order a print or two. Pass on this information, or join the Island Projects Print Club and reeep the benefits.
My first 10% will be going to the Easter Island Foundation. They help fund college scholarships for the indigenous peoples of Rapa Nui, provide endless resources about the island, and even helped build the local library on Rapa Nui.
To order prints or get in on the print club go to the shop section.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoy and get a smile from the artwork in this series.
Have an awesome 2014.