It is often repeated in these pieces that the photos do not do the art justice. That is more than true with these pieces--especially when it comes to size (the two single pieces are 84 X60). But somehow some part of these pieces DOES come through in the photos. You get a sense of light in Ortner's work and the realism.
Talking about Ortner's work last year gallery owner (they now have a physical location) Jeremy Hu talked about how the artist created his own pigments and how the artist was a surfer. It is easy to see how these pieces were inspired.
Anyone who spent time in the ocean knows there are different ways the sea can appear and that it looks wildly different in different locations and times of year. Sometimes waves roll in, sometimes the sea looks like a washing machine. These images have that "washing machine" feel. These works seem particularly appropriate to South Florida.
The work is beautiful. Look at the close up below. These complicated pieces should appeal to anyone, any collector, who loves the ocean. They are abstract and real and utterly unique. Others paint the ocean but not like this.
Find out more on Ortner HERE.