Kathleen Youngquist
 

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paintings 2021
These new oil paintings on canvas celebrate and were inspired by the kelp flora shapes within the water's charged-energy, constantly in motion and combination of all-things interacting in the sea.

Once abundant and perhaps taken for granted, the kelp forests today are suffering due to climate change. Toxins, purple sea urchins and warming oceans combined are killing them off. They protect small fish and form the foundation of marine food webs. Marine biologists and others are working to restore them to maintain a balanced marine ecosystem. These paintings are about hopefulness.