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OPS Feature Artist

Inspiring conservation and awareness through art

OPS is often approached by artists around the world seeking to contribute to both OPS’ mission and public awareness about issues such as wildlife conservation, climate change, and protecting oceans and marine life.

In response, we are excited to launch our inaugural ‘OPS Feature Artist’ partnership program that will feature a different artist on a rotating basis. A few times a year, OPS will highlight the work of a profiled artist, showcasing his or her artwork to motivate and ignite the activist in each of us.

OPS believes in the power of art and imagery. By featuring the amazing artwork of ‘artivists’ around the globe, we are committed to inspiring individual action and fostering collaborative solutions to the planet’s most pressing issues.

All media and artistic platforms are invited for consideration. Contact us to become the next OPS Feature Artist.

Emma Skinner

Emma is a British born artist whose visual narratives and free diving expeditions explore the human experience of the ocean and the importance of highlighting failing ecosystems and the need for change. She holds a BSc from Durham University, a diploma in Naturopathy, photography accreditation, and mentorship in the study of fine art and sculpture.

From a very young age, Emma has had a strong affinity for animals and the sea and as an adult has cultivated this interest and focus through direct involvement in rescue and rehabilitation of marine life and educational outreach. She is increasingly concerned about the growing number of endangered species and the human impact on marine life. By creating meaning and purpose through her artwork, she is able to channel her passion for painting ocean wildlife while opening the conversation about the power of conscious consumers and positive environmental impact.

She is currently working on a series of paintings focusing on the ocean and its ecosystem. Her works speak to the interconnecting natural world, using vivid colors to command the viewer’s attention. The subjects of the painting are highlighted with suggestions of realism while the broken abstract shards, that are featured in the whole collection, represent uncertainty and a breakdown of equilibrium.

Emma believes that one of humankind’s greatest mistakes is thinking that this is not our problem and that someone else will save us. It is each and every one of our responsibility to act in whatever way we can to make a difference, no matter how small.

Emma’s work can be seen in collections in Dubai, England and the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

A Portion of Proceeds from Each Print Benefits OPS

All artwork featured here is available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of all artwork featured on Emma’s site will go directly towards supporting the mission of OPS.  Each and every purchase helps to make the work of OPS possible! Each sale includes free worldwide shipping.  Be sure to use code ‘OPS’ at checkout!

To see Emma’s other creations follow her @emmaskinnerart.  To order your limited-edition prints, click here.

Break Free at Butterfly Reef

He had been resting on the fringing coral, and as he used his powerful flippers to propel his body up to the surface, I imagined him breaking free from the devastation, consumerism, plastic and pollution humans inflict on this delicate butterfly reef.

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Limited Edition Print Size and Pricing

25.6 x 18.0 inches  $95USD

43 x 30.0 inches  $160 USD

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Original Perfection

A circle has so many meanings; the ongoing energy found in nature, the universe including everything, the cycles of time, seasons, revolving planets, spiritual energy and a focus of function within its borders.

The human existence is in constant opposition to this, relentlessly expanding, pushing boundaries and breaking space. Our insistence at convenience has littered these circles, punishing the life within them as we fill them with waste that will never leave this planet.

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Limited Edition Print Size and Pricing

25.6 x 21.0 inches $100 USD

43.0 x 35.4 inches  $170 USD

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Ocean Fire

The Great White Shark is critically misunderstood, perhaps an early victim of fake news and the power of human storytelling. This Apex of the Ocean is critical to the ecosystem and tormented by our species. Here he rises from the fire, defiant and strong.

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Limited Edition Print Size and Pricing

25.6 x 25.6  inches $ 135 USD

43.0 x 43.0 inches $195 USD

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Whale Song

Still inspired by our summer trip to Ningaloo Reef, here is ‘Whale Song’.  We sang into the water ‘Finding Nemo’ style while humpback whales swam beneath us. The eye contact with such a huge mammal was electric. Whale songs travel long distances underwater, a communication released into the abyss. Do they know who is out there, or is it just hope of connection.

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Limited Edition Print Size and Pricing

25.6 x 18.0 inches $95 USD

43.0 x 30 inches  $160 USD

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With Brave Wings She Flies

I dream of crystal clear waters, of blue lagoons and raging seas. But we have something else now; glowing in death, littered with carelessness and purple with rage. The oceans are crying. We stand in silence, deaf to the call.

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Limited Edition Print Size and Pricing

25.6 x 18.0 inches  $95 USD

43.0 x 30.0 inches $160 USD

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