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. ArtistDavid Ralph Platinum Member CollectionNature
Description A polar bear's success as the top predator in the arctic circle depends on ice. Ice enables the polar bear to amble out onto the thick ice to areas and water holes where seals come up for air and rest. A large population of seals depends on a significant amounts of arctic cod, and vast mounts of cod rely on huge numbers of krill. And at the bottom of this arctic food chain is the green algae that blankets the bottom of the ice, all fed by a weak arctic sun. So, why is the polar bear in danger? Carbon dioxide and other pollutants are flooding our oceans and elevating the temperature of our seas. The arctic seas are growing warmer, glaciers are melting at a more rapid pace, and the ice is getting thinner each decade. Seals, fish, krill, and other marine organisms are struggling for survival and changing their behaviors as a response. Thawing permafrost and smoldering fires in the arctic tundra are releasing methane gas that, along with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, combine to block the sun's long-wave thermal radiation from escaping our atmosphere. Thus, our planet is warming little by little.
David Ralph, Greenbelt, USA Member Since July 2006 Artist Statement *Originals can be purchased through my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/marcoimage.com).
David Ralph, owner of Marco Image & Concept, is a contemporary artist and illustrator who lives in Greenbelt, Maryland, USA. David was born in 1964 in Red Bank, NJ and has been drawing since he was a toddler. His favorite topics to draw at the time were animals and sport figures. His first attempt at portraiture was as a 7-year old when he did a pencil drawing of baseball star, Roberto Clemente.
Today, David’s style of painting and illustration can best be described as geometric abstraction with influences ranging from the cubist paintings of Pablo Picasso to the primitive, cutout shapes of Henri Matisse. Other notable influences for David were Paul Cezanne’s fragmented landscapes and the geometrically-divided, flat-color canvases of Piet Mondrian.
To David, the simple elegance of the curve, the line, and the circle create the ideal two-dimensional plain of visual interest and appeal. And, to add color intensity, value contrast and balance to this space - along with repetition, texture and pattern - is to create a perfect harmony. It is to this goal that David sets down to sketch his next work of art.
David was once a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and has displayed his work at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, MD, Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, MD, the New Deal Café in Greenbelt, MD and at the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival.
The most common themes of David Ralph’s paintings and illustrations are the female figure, nature, music, people and sports.
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