Michael Lombardi, Providence, Rhode Island, USA Member Since October 2006 Artist Statement I have been involved in ocean exploration since 1999. With my career starting off as a marine scientist and commercial diver, I was afforded many unique opportunities to experience the underwater world. Beginning in 2002, I became more frequently involved in very deep and cave exploration, and even ventured to Antarctica to dive beneath the ice. Camera in hand, ever since, I have made a committment to document the discoveries that I have been witness to, and hope to communicate the sciences through my artwork. A portion of every purchase supports a non-profit organization called Ocean Opportunity which I started in 2003. To learn more about my work, visit www.oceanopportunity.com.