The Man and the Sea

Realistic sea painting by Ran Ortner (3)

I am amazed with the detail and three-dimensionality of Ran Ortner’s paintings. Owning one of his art pieces is like having a piece of the sea in your living room.

Notes about the artist (from bio):

In 1966, at the age of five, Ran Ortner moved from San Francisco to rural Alaska. He and his family lived in an isolated log cabin, with no running water, a wood fire for heat and a grass airstrip for a driveway. To escape the brutal winters, Ran and his family would take their single engine Cessna “Ragwing” on 3-4 month adventures from Alaska to South America. On these expeditions, Ran would turn to the open expanse of the sea to escape the confines of his unconventional childhood. When Ran was eighteen, he left home and began surfing the waves off the coasts of California and Mexico. While surfing he was able to consider both the wondrous and perilous conditions of life. Overwhelmed by what he saw and felt, he turned to art as a form of exploration. Ran has lived and worked in New York City since 1990—he continues to surf.

Realistic sea painting by Ran Ortner (5)
Realistic sea painting by Ran Ortner (1) Realistic sea painting by Ran Ortner (2) Realistic sea painting by Ran Ortner (4)

Photos and artwork © Ran Ortner 

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