Ran Ortner does very large paintings of the ocean. The image featured in the magazine is six feet tall by twenty-four feet long. His work includes no images of people, boats, or flotsam of any kind, for scale or spatial orientation. And he never includes a horizon line. All we are given is the endlessly fascinating surface of the water. The space of these works becomes our space, pushing and pulling on us like the moon on the tides. These paintings are both contemplative and daunting, full of life and energy that requires of the viewer a stong engagment.
I encourage you all to check out his work at his website:
I also encourage you, if you are not familiar with The Sun magazine, to check that out as well. Here is their website: