The ocean and environment are the center of my life and inspiration for my art. So it’s important to find a way to use my artistic talents to support the organizations who are working to protect our planet and keep its people healthy. Over the last few years, I’ve partnered with several nonprofits, donating art and funds to their causes. In addition to individual projects, I donate 5% of all sales to one of my nonprofit partners.
As a California native and surfer, keeping our ocean and beaches clean is very important to me. The ocean is my sanctuary and I want to do my part to help it stay healthy. Heal the Bay is a great organization that makes a difference. I’m stoked to work with them and contribute to their cause as a Heal the Bay 2013 Partner Artist.
Surf For Life and Project Woo are nonprofits that have joined forces to promote sustainable community development through the construction of educational and community centers in Latin American countries. They work with local communities to address their greatest challenges. We’ve started a fundraising campaign to help us go visit the newly constructed Community Health Center in Gigante, Nicaragua and paint a mural with the local community.
I was asked to participate in the Board Art Benefit for SurfAid in 2010. I’ve surfed the areas of Indonesia they work in and have seen how crucial their work is. Over the past couple of years I donated a live-painted surfboard by Ventura shaper Robert Weiner(Roberts Surfboards) for their auction, donated the artwork and original painting for their SurfAid Cup Malibu 2012 event, and released a limited edition print and Tru Protection iPhone case to raise continued funds for their cause.
Surfrider’s been one of the most influential nonprofits in the surf world since I’ve been in the water. I’ve gotten to partner with them a couple of times, donating 10% from a 2008 art show fundraiser with the Washington DC chapter at Art Whino Gallery titled “Ripple -Art Affecting Oceans” and also designing their 2010 International Surfing Day poster for Surfing Magazine.
Save the Waves protects the waves in my backyard and favorite spots around the world. I did the latest artwork for their line of tees with Patagonia, with $5 from each shirt going to their cause. Read more about it on my blog.
Waves for Water is a nonprofit I’ve admired for a long time. I like that surfers are encouraged to participate and bring giving into surf trips. Fundraising for their Hurricane Sandy Relief Initiative was an opportunity to provide immediate aid to those affected by the storm while also supporting a great nonprofit that helps people around the world. To raise money for their cause, I will donate 15% from each limited edition print on wood sold as well as 5% from other art on my site through 2012.
I try and create all of my work as sustainably as I can. Sometimes I slip, but for the most part I choose local and eco-conscious printers, soy-based inks, recycled papers and reclaimed wood, found wood and FSC-certified wood. I partner with companies that are doing their part, like Tru Protection and Prints on Wood.