Artist with Bluefish Green Anemone onsite

How do you find inspiration?
Theodore Heublein: I am the first to paint underwater in the kelp beds of the Monterey area and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve in Carmel, California while using scuba gear. I was inspired after watching an underwater artist in the Maldives on video in calm sunlit conditions. I call this technique ‘Sous Marine,’ (literally under water). Using Oil on canvas, I create paintings underwater that include the immediacy of the subject matter in the same manner as my en plein air artwork on the surface does.

How did you develop your unique style?
Theodore Heublein: I wasn’t sure what to expect the first time I tried this technique. I was happy when everything worked (the paint stayed on the canvas). Since that first canvas a few years ago, my technique has steadily improved and I am able to repeat this process safely and have in fact moved up in canvas sizes as large as 36 x 48 inches, as shown in the ‘Bluefish Green Anenome’ photos.

Painting underwater has opened up a fantastic new art venue for me to work in and try to capture. I am continually inspired by what happens on around, and under water as I continue to explore my painting.

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Theodore Heublein Artwork

oil painting of Anemone in motion with bright colors filling the canvas
Theodore Heublein, “Bluefish Green Anemone”, 36 x 48 in., oil on canvas, 2021
artist painting underwater Bluefish Green
Artist using ‘Sous Marine’ technique on Bluefish Green Anenome onsite.