Nostalgic underwater portraits take you back to childhood summer fun

Nostalgic underwater portraits take you back to childhood summer fun

The summer months draw crowds to the water’s edge. The lakes, oceans, and pools are a venue for fun and relaxation. It was memories of childhood summers spent in the lakes of Northern Minnesota that inspired painter Samantha French to create a series of water paintings.

The portraits of swimmers surrounded by blue water evoke the sounds, sights, and experiences of a summer weekend. Although her series includes portraits above and below the water, the divers are especially striking when surrounded by the blue water. A study of light and movement, these water portraits effectively use color and form to create the water ripples and bubbles of swimming.

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