Each and every horseshoe crab used in my art is non-living and found washed up on the beaches of south shore Long Island. Usually already cleaned out by the seagulls, I clean, prime and prepare the crab in order to paint my next vision. After I paint the crab, it is than finished by applying epoxy via a paintbrush. The complete process takes days to create and hours to dry. This makes the crab able to withstand weather and handling and creates a beautiful coat.
Horseshoe crabs are magical creatures. I knew they had great medicinal purposes, bleed blue, and are living fossils, but I never guessed they could satisfy my creative needs and look so unique and cool as art . They are truly magnificent creatures and one of the best canvas I have ever used. I have been creating art all of my life in numerous mediums and nothing can compare to bringing a fossil back to life.
Great step in the right direction - "JUNE 18, 2015 TOWN BOARD MEETING - REQUEST TO THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION TO CLOSE TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN NORTH SHORE PARKS AND UNDERWATER LANDS AND SOUTH SHORE BAY-FRONT PARKS AND PROPERTIES FOR THE HARVEST OF HORSESHOE CRABS AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT ON STRATEGIES TO REDUCE THE HARVEST OF HORSESHOE CRABS"