Featured Artist

Featured Artist for April, Guy LeFebvre

About The Artist

Guy LeFebvre, an award winning artist, born and raised in West Springfield Massachusetts and is a self-taught painter, wood carver and photographer. Guy’s medium is predominately oil on canvas. Guy’s subject matter primarily comes from his photography, both above and below the water, and has developed his own unique style in rendering his photos into paintings both realistic and abstract. Guy currently lives and works in Saint Cloud, Florida.

More About the Artist

Back in the 1970’s, my first creative outlet was painting wildlife and landscapes. I began SCUBA diving in my early-teens and then in my twenties, realized I could capture oceanic beauty on film. I then developed a deep love of exploring the ocean and documenting its inhabitants-from hopping into a cage to film blue sharks, to diving to take pictures of everything I could.

Yet photographing marine life soon wasn’t enough. What a photograph captures-the raw beauty of the ocean-can be rendered even more expressively, on the canvas. I returned to oil painting to express both the joys and fears that arose from decades of SCUBA diving. Underwater creatures are beautiful and majestic, but their beauty is fleeting, in our increasingly delicate ecosystem.

In my body of work, you’ll see whales threatened by habitat loss and toxic waters, manatees scarred from boats, sea turtles that have been poached for their meat and shells and sharks that are certain to become endangered due to shark fin hunting. These animals’ delicate habitats have been destroyed by unregulated tourism, marine debris and their nesting sites lost due to beach erosion. I don’t pretend that my paintings will change the world, but I do hope to raise awareness about the fragility and risks humans pose when acting before thinking.

What can you do? Stop. Read. Educate yourself & others. If you’re moved to do so, donate to one or more of the many organizations dedicated to protecting these creatures and keeping this planet blue and populated.

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