Style1½ inches thick (3.75 cm) Product Details Artist grade canvas, archival inks, wooden stretcher bars, and UVB protective coating
AvailablityUsually ships within five business days. ArtistChris Crowley Platinum Member CollectionGarden
Description This lovely, little pond in Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange, Florida, is spanned by a bridge and is watched over by the life sized sculpture of a giant ground sloth, a prehistoric creature that lived in this area. Sugar Mill Gardens was once called Bongoland, after a caged baboon mascot named Bongo that lived there at the park, which was an early attempt at a theme park. The artist who made the sloth, I call 'Barney', because he looks like a demented version of the children's, purple dinosaur character, also made over 20 other sculptures. There are only five left in the present day. Bongoland was in operation between the late 1940's to about the mid 1950's. I believe they were still doing tram rides through the park in the late 50's, because my mother brought me there when I was 4. I recall the tram and the dinosaurs, but not the baboon!The county eventually took over the care of the historic parts of the park, including the ancient sugar mill, for which the gardens are named, and the garden areas are cared for by volunteer master gardeners.
Chris Crowley, South Daytona Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement I have been doing pen and ink work since the 1970's, and eventually developed a style where I used watercolor washes with it. While I liked the results, I wanted more.
In 2006 I got my first digital camera. Once I realized what you could do with post processing on a photograph, I began altering them to become artwork. Now, I alter my artwork to become photos! The resulting mixed media final products are fun for me to do, and have opened a whole new world of creativity and possibility! While I still like both pure art and photography, I love pushing the boundaries of each.
Living in the Central Florida area for most of my life has provided me with beautiful scenery to capture. Whether it be a macro of a flower that is altered into a surreal state, or amping up the colors of a scenic, photography has become a way of life, and so has post processing, which brings out the artistic heart in me. It was just natural to progress from that to digitally altering my hand done art, as well. My style is my own, and I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy presenting it to you!