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 CollectionStorms
Description On July 24, 2009, a terrible, tornadic storm rolled through Volusia County, Florida. A large waterspout moved down the coast from Ormond Beach through Daytona Beach, and came on land. There were at least two tornados which struck three mobile home parks that day, all about 2-3 miles south of where I live. 154 homes were damaged, 60 of which were rendered uninhabitable. Aluminum siding and rooves hung 50 feet up in trees afterwards, and the wreckage was tossed for blocks! Amazingly, there were no serious casualties. Central Florida is the lightning capital of North America. That day we received nearly 7000 strikes in a 6 hour period. The thunderheads which produced the violent weather were at one point over 50,000 feet high. At the time the tornados struck, they had 'diminished' to about 38,000 feet. Imagine clouds reaching over 7 miles into the air! The weather forcasters said that the kind of cells that formed that day were more like the super cells that occur in the midwest where the really devastating tornados develop. Despite being 'minor', these furious funnels clouds touched down and caused Port Orange to be a disaster area. This shot was taken about the time the tornados made their way into Port Orange. It was taken outside my house, and was actually a second wave of clouds that was making its way in from the ocean.
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!