Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2016, High School, Art
In my drawing, I chose to depict the consequences of oil spills because it is an issue that is literally very close to home for me. Growing up in South Florida, one of the first times I truly understood the effects big business could have on the environment was during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. While my hometown borders the Atlantic and not the Gulf of Mexico, where the spill took place, the entire state had concerns over the incident, particularly the effect on local wildlife. As a lifelong animal lover, the situation jarred me in particular, especially when papers began reporting detrimental effects on local animals. So, my drawing was made to represent the negative and potentially deadly effect of oil on marine life, depicted by showing the healthy-looking body of a fish above water and the skeleton of a fish below oil.