The most recent painting I finished is titled Tsunami From Underneath. It's an echo of sorts to my Tribute to Japan painting which alluded to the earthquake we survived on March 11, 2011 in Tokyo. This piece is my abstract interpretation of the tsunami that followed the earthquake and hit the quiet city of Sendai, Japan.
In Tokyo, we were some of the lucky ones, avoiding the massive waves. However, I often ponder the raw power and earth energy that tsunami had, especially one following an offshore 9.0 earthquake. I started to think about cross sections of the earth's crust and what a tsunami might look like from underwater. Since I've never seen a photo or image of such a concept, I decided to create it for myself.
I didn't intend for the painting to be frightening or sad, simply an artistic marveling at a natural phenomenon. Tsunami is a reminder for me of how small and insignificant I am compared to the powerful forces of nature.
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