Description Original watercolor 20” x 14” watercolor on D’Arches paper.
The Queen Conch is one of the most beautiful shells found in the Caribbean. Set against the blue sea - I couldn't resist painting it.
This artwork is also available as custom murals on kiln fired ceramic tile. Visit savannaredman.com for more information on paintings on tile.
The Queen Conch has been valued throughout history, traded and carried home from many adventures. This huge mollusk shell, with flaring bright pink lips, has been collected for it’s meat and it’s shell; which has been scrimshawed, carved into ornate sculptures, jewelry like cameos, beads and buttons. Occasionally the conch contains a rare treasured pink pearl.
Ancient mariners used the conch (with slight modifications) as a ship’s trumpet.
It is the emblem of Neptune as well as the god Vishnu, and in China - symbolize a successful journey and good fortune.
Shells are associated with water symbols as the source of life, and are linked to the Yin, the feminine. In the Maya culture the Conch represents the waters; ornately carved shells have been excavated from Maya ruins and its image has been found in their hieroglyphs.
Savanna Redman, Caribbean Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Join me on facebook or Twitter - to see my newest work (as it is released), news and events. facebook.com/s.redman.art @SavannaRedman Or visit my website savannaredman.com
Currently, I'm sculpting silver jewelry, inspired by the Rainforest and Reef, and loving playing with fire!
I paint, draw, sculpt. It's a requirement: like breathing. I’ve been following the equator these last 20 years, admittedly with a bit of a wobble, finding my imagination strongest between the 16 degrees north and the 16 degrees south mark.
Rainforest to reef. Beautiful and endangered tropical flora and fauna are my inspiration, but my finished painting come from something larger than I can create in the daylight hours. They arrive in dreams, complete, and usually with a story. Sometimes I believe it’s the equatorial pull, a tropical twist that draws the glass thread of creativity from my soul. But at other times I’m certain it’s a magic spell casts by the wildlife. Or the Gods of the ancient cultures whispering in my ear – paint this, see this, dream this. I don’t always understand the source, but I know it is my job to recreate what I’ve been given in my dream.
The Gallery pages show a bit of the work I’ve created while living in Honduras, Belize, Australia, Thailand, Egypt, and now the BVI. And ink drawings I’ve created while passing through, passing time, waiting on trains, planes, ferries, tuk tuks, and a camel. Nothing formal, but if you like, there’s more to see and read about my work and inspiration behind my paintings, at www.savannaredman.com.
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A quote I believe...
All true Art must help the soul realize the inner self...
True Art must be evidence of happiness, contentment and spirituality of its authors". - Gandhi