Kingdom of Tonga – CAA Artist Richard Reed
A note from the artist and invitation to Meet the Artist Reception…
“The humpback population – already the smallest and most endangered population of humpback whales in the world – is at real risk of extinction due to a combination of entanglement in fishing nets, ship strikes, and the impact of ceaseless coastal development.
In-the-know Pacific travelers aren’t the only ones to return to Tonga’s shores on a regular basis. After a long journey north from the icy krill-laden depths of Antarctica, southern humpback whales take shelter in the tropical reef-protected waters of Tonga to give birth to their young. The arrival of the whales from June to November completes a remarkable cycle, as the new calves return to where they were conceived 11 months earlier. The shallow and warm waters of the Kingdom of Tonga provide the perfect viewing platform. This painting reflects that long journey north from the icy waters of the Antarctica to warm waters of the Kingdom of Tonga. I was drawn to the idea of trying a new approach, and concept to my painting style. I love the reflections in the water, and the whale that projects a majestic perspective to the painting. It was truly enjoyable to paint this picture, and I love the end result.”
– Richard Reed Studios
See this piece and many others as part of the Majestic Menagerie Animal of Earth & Ocean Exhibit at the Lynnwood Event Center where they are on display through December 18th. The Meet the Artist reception is only a week away, September 19th 5pm-7pm, for more information visit the Lynnwood Event Centerevent page: https://www.eventcreate.com/e/meet-the-artists-2023/