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"Dinner Cruise"


oil on canvas

Southern sea otter mom and pup - Santa Cruz, CA


Dinner Cruise

  • Sea otters were almost hunted to extinction for their pelts. A small population survived bear Big Sur as the steep cliffs made them difficult to access. From this population, sea otters are making a comeback. I am fotunate to live near the Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing where almost 10% of the current wild population of Southern sea otters resides. It is also common to find them in Santa Cruz visible from the Municipal Wharf where the inspiration of this piece was found.

    Mother otters take great care of their babies, grooming them, protecting and feeding them. It makes me smile every time I see a mom with a baby on her belly, though this baby was getting almost as big as mom!

    The framed original oil painting on canvas is AVAILABLE!

    Please inquire if you are interested in print options.

    This piece was featured in the 2019 juried Artists for Conservation live and virtual shows and was published in the show book.

  • Shown and published - The Art of Conservation - An International Exhibit of Nature in Art (juried exhibition of members of the Artists for Conservation) 2019

    Meritorious Award - The Richeson75 International Animals, Birds & Wildlife 2019

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