Day 24 of 30 - Sept 24

Coral is a living organism in our oceans in danger of being depleted because of environmental changes and human abuse. It is a highly controversial topic and agencies that could regulate and protect the coral reefs have failed to make this happen yet. The role of the coral itself extends far beyond its use in jewelry and design as the coral reef is so important to the ecology, protection for the coastline and the marine life to the use in drugs used to fight HIV and cancer, and more. It is also believed to have innate healing properties.
Red coral is considered a stone of passion. Creativity and optimism are also qualities that coral brings out. Emotionally, coral brings inner peace, strength, and understanding of purpose. I love coral and all it represents. And, of course I love the exaggeration of the reds juxtaposed with the blues of the sea. Today, I salute Red Coral! 

Red Coral
8" x 8"
Oil and Wax on Panel