Process photos by Britt Bloom Photography
Kelp is magnificent, inspiring and powerful. Known to sequester more carbon than any forest on land, it stands as a tidal shift; a climate solution. In ideal conditions, kelp forests grow quickly into canopies, up to two feet a day, providing food and shelter to hundreds of species. In learning about the alarming decline of Northern California's kelp forests in 2020, I wanted to highlight these exquisite macro-algae and find ways to protect them.
When I first discovered SeaTrees, I felt hopeful for the restoration of kelp forests. I began creating kelp-inspired artworks in response to their efforts.
Now in partnership, purchasing a kelp-inspired artwork benefits kelp with 10% of proceeds donated to SeaTrees to protect and restore blue carbon ecosystems.
SeaTrees directly supports communities and scientists who protect and regenerate blue-carbon coastal ecosystems. This includes planting mangrove trees, restoring kelp forests, coral reefs, seagrass meadows, and conserving coastal watersheds.
Restored Kelp >
Palos Verdes - The Bay Foundation
SeaTrees worked with The Bay Foundation to restore kelp off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This was one the largest and most successful kelp restoration projects globally, and the techniques employed are being replicated around the world.
Preview Kelp-inspired artwork
Sustainably sourced rattan & steam-bent plywood.
Installed at Art City Gallery in Ventura and at Brittany Davis Gallery in Los Angeles in 2021.
Non-toxic walnut oil paints on a sustainably sourced wood panel
More original kelp paintings are available here.