poetry in paint ~
Brian Mahieu was commissioned to do a series of murals that depict ecosystems from an impressionist standpoint representing North American Habitats with a Mississippi River Focus, Amazonian Ecosystems and the Pacific Northwest Estuarine Environment as a series of Triptychs that are each 36 feet long and 12 feet tall.
The first triptych in the mural project depicts the Pacific Northwest, an environment that has fascinated Brian Mahieu almost all his life. The murals were based on photographs he took while scouting the area for relocation.
The left-hand panel is based on Ruby Beach and the two panels on the right are Rialto Beach, both on the Olympic Peninsula. Elephant seals are probably not seen on Rialto Beach, but it is within their habitat range and the Aquarium Director wanted them included in the mural.
The second triptych shows the Amazon river basin from under water, from the air and from within the rainforest looking out into the landscape. The latter view reveals the effects of deforestation upon the landscape and watershed. The anaconda hunting underwater is a focal point of this triptych
Painting the Amazon was a thrill, as I wanted to be a biologist in the Amazon River Basin for many years as a young person.