This painting expresses the continuity between the sky, sea and sand as each element circles into the next. The synergy continues through the living sea grass and sea creatures in their natural habitat. My Earth series reflects my belief in the connection between all living things and the shared energy throughout our world.
All my Horseshoe Crab shells have been found washed up on the beach at Davis Park on Fire Island, their life force long gone from them. Accordingly, no horseshoe crabs have been harmed in the creation of these works of art! They were only collected after they had died natural deaths and their nutrient resources were left on the beaches for the shore life to enjoy; only the hard shell canvas you see was removed. While collecting shells, any stranded live crabs we find are returned to the sea, something all beachcombers can do. In addition to enriching your environment aesthetically, I hope this work of art also raises awareness to the plight of this ancient sea creature.
Giselle Simons creates three-dimensional, mixed-media paintings using natural horseshoe crab shells as her canvas. She has produced a number of abstract and interpretive series inspired by nature, the art of ancient cultures and the fragility of our oceans and seas. Though born, raised, and still residing in New York City, the imagery, organic forms and materials found in the natural world have always been integral to Giselle’s artwork. After receiving a BFA from Cornell University with a major in photography she worked professionally in studio photography, architectural design, graphic design, and illustration; currently she devotes all her time to her art. Giselle’s paintings have been exhibited at Art At Leeds Gallery in Leeds NY, as well as at annual art shows on Fire Island. For the past 8 years she has been selling her work through her website www.dunetimearts.com and in her Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/dunetimearts.