Piece description from the artist
The Sea is one of three classical figures sculpted into the Samuel Francis Memorial Fountain situated in the center of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. Here, the stone figure comes to life as she stands on high, safe in her own shelter and cradling a sea vessel while gazing out over the ocean. The blue of the water and white light from the reflecting moon illuminate her from below. The gull on her shoulder reacts to the shock of the morning sky, which alludes to the old mariners’ adage, “red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning.” The artist passes this fountain daily and wanted to free the figure from the shaft of the fountain and give her life without compromising the original sculptor’s integrity. While faithfully representing the original design of the white marble sculpture, the artist contributes to the story of The Sea with color and composition.
This is a TurningArt exclusive limited edition print available in editions of 100.
David Michael Conner is an "expressionist":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expressionist artist who uses color, perspective and composition in his acrylic and watercolor paintings to elicit a visceral reaction from viewers. As a fiction and entertainment writer, much of Conner’s work is inspired by haunting scenes or moments in literature, films or music that strike an emotional chord. He is also markedly inspired by commonalities among the world's mythologies and spiritual beliefs, and many of his paintings explore ideas of Gnosticism, Sumerian, Egyptian, and indigenous cultures of the Americas. Conner once read in a book called "The Secret Language of Birthdays" that the day of his birth, May 6, is "The Day of Artistic Materialized Fantasy"—perhaps the most concise explanation of his world view. Roll Call, the newspaper of Washington, D.C.'s Capitol Hill, described the artist's subject matter as "stunning renderings of city streets and psychedelic dwellings." He has been a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s annual abstract/expressionist painting competition, and his work is shown in and around Washington, D.C., where he lives and works for a higher education association. Conner holds a master’s degree of fine arts from George Mason University.