Jim Creal is a native South Carolinian, artist and printmaker. He wants to create new, original, stone-drawn, hand-printed lithographs of the magnificent beauty of South Carolina’s coastal habitats.
“Ever since I was a boy, I have had a love for the magnificent beauty of the South Carolina coastal islands,” says Creal. “The islands and the adjoining habitats form an ecosystem of uncommon beauty. When I am in these extraordinary places, I feel connected to something transcendent and primordial.”
“Every day brings with it a feast of experience. Pelicans fly over the water close to shore. One dive bombs into the salty ocean to catch its breakfast. Herons stalk their next meal from the estuary’s muddy banks.”
“Palm fronds rustle in the noon breeze. Legions of tiny fiddler crabs wave their solitary big claws in the air and dance on the squishy mud flats in the summer heat. Alligators swim lazily in ponds and marshes. In the late afternoon, anvil shaped thunderhead clouds form in the distance.”
“At twilight, the ocean undulates in steely hues and sea foam becomes an iridescent pastel. On moonlit beaches, loggerhead turtles return after long travels to lay eggs in the places where they were born.”
“Rivers and currents transport the sands that build the islands. Tides and waves mold the shore. Winds blow the sand to form dune complexes. Dense forests of live oaks, loblolly pines and palmettos grow behind the protecting wax myrtles. Spartina grass sways with the tides in estuaries linking the islands to the mainland.”
Check out Creal’s Kickstarter project at (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/458823695/south-carolina-coastal-lithograph-project).