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"I'd like to introduce you to what I believe is my finest marine art piece
yet: "First Air". This piece had been on my mind for several
years....ever since one of my Kapalua, Maui, collectors told me a story.
He and his wife were having their morning coffee on the lanai of their
estate home enjoying the ocean view, as usual. Suddenly, they noticed
an adult whale acting quite agitated on the surface. Some moments
later, following a bloody froth, a baby whale appeared at the surface.
Within seconds, the mother whale flipped the baby out of the water, and
continued to do so about a dozen times, apparently to knock the breath
of life into the baby, just as human babies are slapped on the bottom.
Afterwards, the two whales spent the remainder of the day lounging and
bonding at the surface.
"The birth of a humpback whale has never been documented, or so the scientific
community says. That doesn't mean no one has ever witnessed it.
That simply means the event was not photographed and/or otherwise scientifically
documented. That story intrigued me and left me longing to try to
illustrate such an epic moment through my art. In the Spring of 2000,
one of the most influential men I have ever known, Don Reid, witnessed
such an event and commissioned me to paint it. I hope you will enjoy
viewing it, as much as I enjoyed creating it. The two frigate birds,
or manu-o-ali'i, are symbols of joy in Polynesia. The piece
is rich with symbols of joy and spiritual rebirth"
by Michael Stark
Road, Suite #54-103
Maui, Hawaii 96753