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Drew Brophy's "Sunrise" painting story

At Water Gallery, we love hearing the inspiration behind the creation of artistic pieces. So when we received Drew Brophy's latest newsletter all about how and why he was inspired to create his magical painting Sunrise, we couldn't wait to read it. He is one of the most passionate artists we have ever met and his art work captures natural beauty in such an original way. We feel so lucky to be able to use some of his incredible images on our upcoming Water Gallery bottles and glass drinkware!

Drew painted Sunrise almost a decade ago (in 2006) and it remains one of his most popular and compelling works of art. Here is the story of Sunrise, in Drew's own words:

"Being a surfer takes me to some of the most amazing places on Earth. These experiences in my life are real and authentic, they become part of my story.

Art is much more than painting pretty pictures, it is a different way of thinking and looking at the world. It is raw creativity and wonder.

Art is the ability to articulate an idea, a feeling, or story to others.

In 2006, I went on a surf trip to South Africa. On the beautiful beach of Jeffrey's Bay, where the ocean is full of life and the waves seem to peel forever, I was inspired to paint the sunrise.

One morning before dawn, after the coldest night of the year, I awoke to be the first to ride one of these magical waves. Standing in the dark, shivering in my wet suit, I used my surfboard to block the icy winds. The crashing waves kept me company, but I could not see them in the darkness. Above me, millions of stars illustrated the vastness of the universe.

As my mind began to wander, I felt cold and alone, as if I was nowhere in time or space, just another soul or speck of light in the night sky so far from each other.

Finally a tiny faint glow in the distance caught my eye, it steadily grew larger with every second, and in a sudden burst, a tremendous wave of light raced across the sky. In a fraction of a second it erased the darkness and the millions of stars.

I instantly felt the warmth of the light as the wave illuminated me. I embraced it and basked in it, it felt like God's warm hands on my face.

I was no longer alone, a new day had been born, the endless waves and our beautiful world came into view. This is our true gift, every single day.

The Earth is our mother.

The sun is our father.

The ocean is where I was born and feel most at home, it calls to me.

I am a Son of the Sea."

Reading Drew's heartfelt words helps us feel the warmth of his painting Sunrise as we gaze at it. The emotional and physical connection Drew has with both the ocean and the sun is contagious and helps to transport us to his natural world as we enjoy the color and vibrance of the painting. It is truly remarkable to think of how vast the universe is, but yet how connected we all are as human beings and as inhabitants as this precious planet. Every day is a fresh start, a new moment to embrace the Earth and its wonders. Sunrise illustrates that perfectly.

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1 comment

Feb 06, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

Very inspiring. couldn’t have said it better regarding the true gift.

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