I had spent about twelve years cooking in restaurant locations in Maine, where I grew up, Boston and Providence, when in 2009 I decided to move to Martha's Vineyard to pursue my career as a chef. At the time, I had no idea that the beauty of the Island, combined with my love of fishing and the beach would change my life.
After a few years of Island living I was sick of working for people and being inside hot, stressful kitchens — I was ready for a change. I was frightened, but very excited to live my dream: Making art.
I began using watercolors to paint fish that I filled in with a variety of fishing lure designs. I ended up printing thirty limited edition prints of the first two striped bass I created. A few sold, then a few more, and they were gone before I knew it. This was in 2013. I kept going.
Over the next few years I painted more than one hundred different fish from bluefin tuna to the iconic brook trout. Since then I have not stopped.
I am open to take commissions which usually take about one month to complete and frame. I construct and paint my own frames.
When I am not painting you can find me picking up trash, wood, and anything else that does not belong on the beach. Several years ago I moved into a studio where I now have the space to construct sculptures out of my beach finds.
These have included a 8.5 by 4.5 foot lobster constructed entirely of beach flotsam and jetsam, and a 13 foot long driftwood swordfish. The list of ideas is never ending and I look forward to making each one come to life.
Next time you go for a walk on the beach, grab a bag and pick up things that do not belong there. Either throw the bag away or put the finds on a table. You may be surprised at how beautiful trash can be.
I am very thankful for all the support I have received over the past few years. None of this would be happening if it was not for all of you. I am going to keep on making art until I run out of ideas, which will not be tomorrow, I can promise you that.
-abe pieciak edited by : nelson siegelman