Australian artist Glenis Dobe finds inspiration in the colors and textures of the Great Barrier Reef. The fish, corals and other marine life Dobe captures appear nearly as vibrantly alive as they must while diving amongst the coral. The artist says she started painting the Great Barrier Reef in order to enable people from all over the world to know and appreciate its natural splendor, something she finds mesmerizing and beautiful. To convey the same feeling of hypnotic, peaceful enchantment to her viewers, Dobe paints with an eye toward describing detail and texture. This is balanced by her quick, expressive brushstrokes and brilliant pigments. From the bold stripes of a fish, to the sandpaper texture of volcanic rock, the fluttery fins of a leafy seadragon or the spectral lights of a jellyfish, Dobe builds up a world that viewers feel as if they can reach out and touch.
A self-taught artist, Glenis Dobe credits her father with inspiring her to take up painting, and hopes that she can inspire future generations to do the same.