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The Sea with Stars by Jason Embery

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As I have been a surfer much longer than an artist I have always had an interest in trying to capture some of the magic of the ocean. These attempts rarely revealed anything that captured my array of memories and experiences with any sincerity and usually ended up on the cutting room floor. This piece in this respect was a breakthrough for me.
I started out drawing a beach scene and one of the waves I drew reminded me of Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic wave breaking in front of Mt. Fuji. I wanted to go and look up the famous woodblock to see the similarities but I thought it better to finish the illustration. I was hopeful that in using my memory as the inspiration and lacking any vivid understanding of the piece I would be free to take it in my own direction.
Upon completing the illustration and then comparing the similarities, of which there are definitely many, I was happy to find the dissimilarities between the two. I had imagined HokuSai’s ocean to be almost identical to mine. Lucky for me the ocean is an emotional place with a seemingly endless variety of moods and although my ocean was born from his its feeling was very different even in a style that is markedly similar.
I enjoyed this piece as it came about by chance and finally gave me some direction for a subject that I am thoroughly passionate about. Thank You Mr Katsushika Hokusai!

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