created using beach debris from SOS Ocean Clean Up events
Call me "Beach Baby" as I have lived in Ft. Lauderdale since I was three months old with the beach as my "backyard." That beginning has developed into a life-long passion for all things ocean-related.
Unfortunately, I have also had the opportunity to witness our living coral reefs slowly disappear due to debris, anchor damage and other environmental factors. Since that was completely unacceptable to me, in September of 2014, I created "Stoked On Salt"- a women's dive apparel company, and a volunteer cleanup group called "SOS Ocean Clean-Up. To my great satisfaction," the volunteer group consists of 1,000 TEAM SOS volunteers ages 5 to 85 years old.
It is absolutely essential that we preserve and protect our living coral reef ecosystems! To achieve this, I organize frequent local ocean, beach and waterway cleanups. In addition, I express my passion through the designs of my Stoked on Salt clothing and artistic creations to help increase public awareness. A percentage of proceeds are donated to Ocean Conservation groups and also benefits all the SOS cleanup events and supplies.
My SOS Mission is to educate the public as to how debris has a devastating effect on the ocean's sea life and living coral reefs. This begins by stopping the trash flow at its source, before it can reach the water. We as snorkelers and divers spend a great deal of time in the water. As a result, we often are the first to see the short and long- term changes in the aquatic environment. This makes us uniquely qualified to call attention to the threats that the underwater world faces.
Of course, we also have a important responsibility to protect the aquatic environment whenever we interact with it. None of our waste belongs in the ocean! Yet it continues to make its way to the most remote ocean places and can remain for generations. Much of our waste products do not biodegrade and many plastics, for example, break down into smaller fragments, thus posing danger to marine life and human health. Every year tens of thousands of marine animals and seabirds die from eating or getting tangled in marine debris.
I have been painting my unique pieces of art without using paint brushes, but by using debris items previously found at the SOS Ocean Clean Up events These include fishing lures, toothbrushes, sea sponges, bottle caps, sea grapes, straws, plastic, etc. I use anything I feel that will give me the texture that I am seeking for the piece. The frames are created using old pallet wood, fisherman rope and bamboo. I am using these items to help bring awareness to the types of debris that are being left behind on the shoreline and into the ocean which can destroy marine, and ultimately, human life.
Therefore, I carefully create my designs to help bring awareness to a certain marine species that is endangered or close to extinction and to also help bring awareness to help conserve and protect over 100 linear miles of our natural coral reefs that stretch offshore between Miami-Dade and Martin Counties.
SOS Debris Painting 'Framed Prints' available for purchase
8 inches x 10 inches and 11 inches x 13 inches
Each SOS print is uniquely framed with Pallet Wood and personally signed by Artist, Lisa Miceli.
You will receive:
•• Pieces of the debris used to create SOS Debris Paintings and an
SOS Greeting Card to help share our SOS Mission story to friends and family.
Every purchase supports the SOS Ocean Clean Up events and local non-profit groups throughout the year.
Thank You for all your support and for caring for our ocean!
SEA TURTLE & GROUPER
70% of the nation's sea turtle nesting occurs in Florida - Broward County serves as a normal nesting area of three specific species of sea turtles: the loggerhead sea turtle is listed as threatened; and the green and leatherback sea turtle, which are listed as endangered and critically endangered, respectively. Sea turtles are protected through Florida Statues, Chapter 370, and by the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Hand-Painted on Canvas using the Debris : Toothbrush, Sea Grape, Sea Sponge, Palm From and Bottle Cap. Framed with Pallet Wood
8 x 10Sea TurtleFramed Print$55
Trunkfish are sluggish, frequenting shallow water and feeding on minute plant and animal matter. Members of some species have been found to secrete a poison, fatal to other fishes, when disturbed. License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest: SPL - Saltwater Products License RS - Restricted Species Endorsement ML - Marine Life Endorsement
Hand-Painted on Canvas using the Debris : Toothbrush, Sea Sponge, Metal Paint Can Opener and Plastic Fragments. Framed with Pallet Wood
FLORIDA SPINY LOBSTER
Adult spiny lobsters make their homes in the protected crevices and caverns of coral reefs, sponge flats and other hard-bottomed areas. The lobsters spawn from March through August and female lobsters carry the bright orange eggs on their undersides until they turn brown and hatch. Larvae can be carried for thousands of miles by currents until they settle in seagrass and algae beds.
Hand-Painted on Pallet Wood using the Debris: Sea Sponge, Palm From and Plastic Fragments.
Art is cropped mid-way to fit canvas size
8 x 10Spiny Lobster Framed Print $55
LINED SEA HORSE
The habitat of the lined seahorse is diminishing due to coastal growth and pollution, which ultimately is the cause of the decreasing population. License and Endorsements Required for Commercial Harvest: SPL - Saltwater Products License RS - Restricted Species Endorsement ML - Marine Life Endorsement
Hand-Painted on Canvas using the Debris: Toothbrush, Sea Sponge and Screw Driver
Art is cropped mid-way to fit canvas size
8 x 10Seahorse Framed Print $55
The common Atlantic octopus lives in sea grass beds, rubble and reefs within Florida. They are typically found at depths of 75 feet and are able to change color, shape and pattern to match their surroundings.
Painted on Canvas using the debris : Toothbrush, Sea Sponge, Palm From and Eyelash Brush. Framed with Pallet Wood
8 x 10Octopus Debris Painting Framed Print $45
Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and East Florida. If approved by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, several management changes will go into effect in early 2017. Hogfish are a reef species that inhabit rocky bottoms, ledges and reefs throughout Florida’s off-shore waters. Because they tend to root in the sediment in search of small prey, they are not commonly caught on hook and line. Hogfish are primarily harvested by spearfishing.
Painted on Canvas using the debris : Sea Sponge, Cloth, Palm From, Fishing Lure and Sea Grape. Framed with Pallet Wood
Beauiful, elegant, vibrant, graceful and unique...but we shouldn't be admiring them. Lionfish are voracious predators and are causing havoc to our fragile coral reef ecosystems and reducing fish populations through direct predation.
Painted on Canvas using debris : "The Joker" childrens toy, Burlap, Sea Sponge, Palm From and Tooth Brush. Framed with Pallet Wood
8 x 10Lionfish - Framed Print $55
Brown Pelican threats are habitat degradation, sea level rise, pollution, and the destruction of coastal wetlands. Increased coastal development may increase the presence of predators that will feed on pelican young and eggs. The Brown Pelican is protected by the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act and as a State Species of Special Concern by Florida’s Endangered and Threatened Species Rule.
Painted on Canvas using debris : Sea Sponge, Cloth, Plastic Fragments and Tooth Brush. Framed with Pallet Wood
8 x 10Pelican Framed Print $55
11 x 13RainbowParrotfish Framed Print $75
8 x 10Rainbow Parrotfish$55 - Sold Out at this time
Blue striped grunts make their homes in seagrass beds, reefs and mangroves. They're sometimes seen as deep down as 98.5 feet. True to their monikers, bluestriped grunts give off conspicuous grunting noises when they eat or when they're frightened, sometimes due to being trapped by humans.
Painted on Canvas using the debris : Mangrove Seed, Rusty Nail and Sea Sponge. Framed with Pallet Wood
In Loving Memory
SOS Volunteer - Nancy P. Fawcett. M.D.
Feb. 13, 1931 - Sept. 16, 2016
Manatees are protected by the Florida Manatee Sanctuary Act (§379.2431(2) and are federally protected by both the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act. Look, but don't touch manatees. Also, don't feed manatees or give them water. If manatees become accustomed to being around people, they can alter their behavior in the wild, perhaps causing them to lose their natural fear of boats and humans, which may make them more susceptible to harm.
Hand-Painted on Pallet Wood using the Debris: Toothbrush, Plastic Toy Car, Rusty Nail Plastic Bottle Cap and Nylon Fishing Rope. Painted on Recycled Driftwood.