Night Snorkeling, Manta Ray
72 inches x 72 inches
ERIN MCGEE FERRELL
Contemporary American Painter and Art Educator, Erin McGee Ferrell teaches art at The University of New England, Maine. Erin has family in Oahu, Hawaii, and paints landscapes on the island as often as she can. Erin is a member of the National Organization for Arts in Health and serves as a patient advocate for the Arizona Cancer Evolution Team (University of Arizona) and the National Cancer Institute’s Physical Sciences in Oncology Initiative. Creator of The Pirate Crew Paper Dolls: Breast Cancer Educational Tool, Erin has presented at Medical Conferences in Florida, Boston, and Maine. She received the Maine Arts Commission Grant 2017, which allowed for research on “Art and Chemotherapy,” which
later was published by her team in the Journal of Oncology Nursing. Nationally recognized, McGee Ferrell’s paintings are collected by Private and Commercial institutions, including TD Ameritrade, AtlantiCare New Jersey, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, INC. Philadelphia, The Episcopal Diocese of Boston, the CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, professional hockey player Kimmo Timonen, and America’s Cup Winner- Robert James Gale. Her work has been included at the Arnot Museum, NY and The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and University of the Arts Philadelphia. McGee Ferrell has also studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, University of Louisville in Italy, School for International Training in Nigeria, and Maine College of Art.
“Night Snorkeling, Manta Ray” Statement:
In Kona last December my family went Night Snorkeling with Manta Ray. I have anxiety about the ocean, and it took a lot of courage to jump into dark waters offshore. Holding on to a paddle board with seven others I peered into the lit-up depths. What I saw surprised me. Two divers beneath on the sea floor had set up large lamps, and several other paddle board tours with lights took away the scare of the deep dark. What I saw was a large cave like space with manta. This painting reflects fear dispelled when light is present, as well as the grace of the swimming rays.