Sea Life Art Frequently Asked Questions
I get questions all the time from underwater art lovers, gallery owners, casual fans, and even my wife. Here are some of the most popular questions I get about my sea life art, and the best answers I could give.
Have long have you been a painter?
I’ve always been artsy. I guess my entire life.
What drew you to the subject of marine life?
I love the ocean. I must have been a shark or what in a past life.
Did you grow up near the ocean?
No, the ocean was a two-hour ride to the beach.
Do you really dive with your camera to find subjects to paint?
Yes, I’ve been an underwater photographer since the early 1980s. I love the Caribbean and all the colorful fish.
Who are some of the painters that inspire you?
My Aunt Janet is an abstract artist. Of course there is Guy Harvey and Wyland.
What is your favorite animal to paint?
I love to paint sea turtles and manatees. I like to be the voice for endangered species.
Why is the sea and the sea life below the water so special to you?
The ocean has a very calming effect on me. When I’m diving, I’m at peace with all the ocean’s inhabitants.
What is your favorite fish to paint?
I really don’t have a favorite fish to paint, I love to paint them all!
What is your favorite whale to paint?
The humpback whale has always captured my imagination. I remember diving in Costa Rica when a humpback was breaching. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Manatees seem to be a frequent subject of your paintings? Why manatee art?
Living in Florida, the manatee is king. I’ve had the opportunity to snorkel with them. I like to bring awareness to the manatee, seeing as how they may be taken off of the endangered species list.
Do you consider yourself a “Florida Artist” an “Orlando Artist” or a “Sea Life Artist” first?
Sea life artist first, Florida artist second, Orlando artist third.
Do you paint any other subjects besides marine mammals and other sea life?
Yes, I paint whatever inspires me at the particular moment in time.
Do you sculpt or work in any other mediums besides oil on canvas?
Yes, I still enjoy carving blocks of mahogany into whales, dolphins and manatees.
How can I purchase one of your ocean art original art pieces or one of your prints?
Yes, you can contact me through this website or directly by calling 407-973-0056. You can also check out my work at many art festivals throughout the state of Florida.
What is a giclee print?
The term “giclee print” connotes an elevation in print making technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks on paper or canvas. The giclee printing provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
Your paintings have inspired me. What can I do to help save the ocean and the amazing sea life that lives in its waters?
Get involved, educate yourself and check out a few of the organizations I have listed on this website.
One last question, Guy. How the heck do you pronounce your last name?
It’s pronounced “LaFave.”