I’m lucky enough to live about an hour from the ocean (in Portland, Oregon), but I grew up in Texas, far from the coast. Perhaps because of that distance, I was obsessed with the beach. I even created a beached themed logo (my first) for my very first band, Forever Pink. It was pink 3D block text, sitting in the sand, surrounded by palm trees and pink flamingos. I eventually made it to the gulf when I was about twelve and I’ve never been the same. I was instantly captivated by the rolling waves, the size, and the smell. I understood how truly small I was for the first time.
These days, I return to the ocean as frequently as possible. To me, it’s like medicine. When my troubles feel too large, the ocean will shrink them back to size.
This AR mandala was inspired by the ocean – its otherworldly wildlife and the patient, rhythmic power of the tides. Rather than directly representing those elements, I used them as a model to invent my own creatures and forms.