Artist at Sea 2024
Gulf of California, Mexico

Day 1-Plume, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 1-Plume, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 1-Plume, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 2-Getting to Guaymas, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 2-Getting to Guaymas, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 2-Getting to Guaymas, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 3-Dreaming of Big Pagoda, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 3-Dreaming of Big Pagoda, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 3-Dreaming of Big Pagoda, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
"Kama'ehuakanaloa Hawaii Series I", 18x18", acrylic on canvas, 2023

Day 4-Ocean Memory, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 4-Ocean Memory, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 5-Astral Plane, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 5-Astral Plane, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 5-Astral Plane, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 6-Flow, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 6-Flow, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 6-Flow, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 7-Blue Dreams Still #II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 7-Blue Dreams Still #II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 7-Blue Dreams Still #II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 8- Extreme Measures, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 8- Extreme Measures, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 8- Extreme Measures, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 9-Abundant nature, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 9-Abundant nature, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 9-Abundant nature, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 10-Hidden architectures, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 10-Hidden architectures, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 10-Hidden architectures, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 11-Origins, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 11-Origins, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 11-Origins, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 12-Wave I, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 12-Wave I, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 12-Wave I, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 13-Tracking Pescadero, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 13-Tracking Pescadero, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 13-Tracking Pescadero, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 14-Chain reaction, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 14-Chain reaction, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 14-Chain reaction, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 15-Wave II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 15-Wave II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 15-Wave II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 16-Cycles, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 16-Cycles, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 16-Cycles, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 17-All the stars in the sea III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 17-All the stars in the sea III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 17-All the stars in the sea III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 18-Wave III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 18-Wave III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 18-Wave III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 19-Mitklan, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 19-Mitklan, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 19-Mitklan, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 20-Currents, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 20-Currents, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 20-Currents, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 21-Bloom, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 21-Bloom, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 21-Bloom, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 22-Interconnections, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 22-Interconnections, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 22-Interconnections, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 23-Mitklan II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 23-Mitklan II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 23-Mitklan II, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 24-When it began, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 24-When it began, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 24-When it began, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 25-Conversations, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 25-Conversations, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 25-Conversations, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 26-Mitklan III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 26-Mitklan III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 26-Mitklan III, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 27-Loki's Dance, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 27-Loki's Dance, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 27-Loki's Dance, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 28-Mitklan IV, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 28-Mitklan IV, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 28-Mitklan IV, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 29-Breathe of Life, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 29-Breathe of Life, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 29-Breathe of Life, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024
Day 30-Blue dreams still #3, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 30-Blue dreams still #3, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Day 30-Blue dreams still #3, acrylic on canvas, 11x14, 2024

Thirty Days: Chronicling a Voyage at Sea

Rebecca Rutstein participated in her 8th expedition at sea and her third dive to the ocean floor in the Navy-owned Alvin submersible as an artist in residence in Mexico’s Gulf of California in April 2024. The expedition and Rutstein’s participation were funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Georgia. Collaborating with marine scientists, Rutstein set up a studio on the Atlantis Research Vessel and created 30 paintings while at sea, documenting various facets of the month-long journey. The team, led by Dr. Mandy Joye of the University of Georgia, explored hydrothermal vents at a plate-spreading boundary in the Gulf of California, and the chemosynthetic ecosystems that thrive in these extreme environments…ecosystems teeming with life at the bottom of the ocean w no light and very little oxygen. In these environments, microbes metabolize chemicals like methane and hydrogen sulfide coming out of the ocean floor, and give humans a new perspective on how the world works. Microbes in the ocean mediate global ocean chemistry, the air we breathe and are the largest carbon sink on our planet. The team witnessed ancient processes happening in real time – a window into the origins of life and the potential for life on other planets. Understanding these processes has applications for climate solutions and biomedical uses for future vaccines. Rutstein’s paintings explore these places and processes hidden from view to connect the public more deeply with the natural world. Through an immersive experience working and engaging with scientists and personally witnessing these otherworldly environments, Rutstein traverses the landscapes, patterns, mysteries and joy in discovering the connections that link the ocean depths all the way to the water’s surface, and to all of us.