"The Great Barrier Reef I," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef III," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef IV," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef V," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
5 paintings can join together to describe a part of "The Great Barrier Reef"
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef" + "Source of the Amazon"
       
     
"Whip Coral," mixed media on canvas, 54 x 48 in, (1.37 x 1.32cm) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef I," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef I," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes

I made this painting because I love diving but have become concerned about the plight of our oceans. Half of the Great Barrier Reef has been lost since 1985. 

"The Great Barrier Reef III," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef III," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes

All living things are connected. If there is a God then his spirit is in everything. One reason why we should not destroy the natural world is because it is morally wrong. It is also the very thing that sustains us. In order for our descendants to survive and flourish we must protect all the oceans, forests and other species.

"The Great Barrier Reef IV," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef IV," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes

In order for our descendants to survive and flourish we must protect all the oceans, forests and other species.

"The Great Barrier Reef V," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef V," mixed media on canvas, 70 x 108 in (1.8 x 2.7 m) 2015, Damian Elwes
5 paintings can join together to describe a part of "The Great Barrier Reef"
       
     
5 paintings can join together to describe a part of "The Great Barrier Reef"

In this photo, the paintings hang in the rectangular space of my studio. They can also hang freely from a ceiling (using invisible fishing line). This allows them to fit into almost any space. 

I am currently designing an art garden for the L.A. River Project. A version of "The Great Barrier Reef" will be on a curved wall in the garden.

This installation can easily and inexpensively be installed in any space around the world. Hopefully, it can be used to help raise awareness about the conservation of the oceans.

 

 

"The Great Barrier Reef" + "Source of the Amazon"
       
     
"The Great Barrier Reef" + "Source of the Amazon"

In another part of the Art Garden, the painting "Source of the Amazon" will be on the floor, and visitors will be able to walk all over it looking at the hundreds of exotic, flowering plants. 

"Whip Coral," mixed media on canvas, 54 x 48 in, (1.37 x 1.32cm) 2015, Damian Elwes
       
     
"Whip Coral," mixed media on canvas, 54 x 48 in, (1.37 x 1.32cm) 2015, Damian Elwes