The Dr. Stanley Mark Redwood Chesapeake Bay Fund
BUY A PAINTING, SAVE THE BAY!
For the past year, I’ve been living on the Chesapeake, painting its scenic grandeur and drawing endless inspiration from its ever-changing state and incredibly biodiverse environments. I have been very happy with the paintings I’ve been making thus far, and hope to do more in the coming months.
September 2019 saw the repeal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which federally protected smaller watersheds and wetlands throughout the US from wanton industrial/agricultural pollution and development. This legislation was changed under the auspices of ‘boosting business’. Way to go EPA, right? Naturally, the EPA’s decision, while anticipated, really bummed me out. I’d rather not paint pollution and honestly, Monét already did a fine job.
On November 19, 2019, my father, Dr. Stanley Mark Antonio Redwood, passed away after a series of rapid health complications. My father, beyond being a phenomenal physician, was an adept and avid fisherman. He fished everywhere he went - if he didn’t have a fishing rod on vacation, he’d go out an buy one. If he had more time, I’m sure he would have toured the world, just to fish.
My Dad had a particular love for the Chesapeake, though. Of any place, the Bay held his fascination - he brought home book after book about its history, and regarded every trip to Annapolis or Ocean City as an oppurtunity to expand his collection of maps, depth charts, and regional field guides. He put “Chesapeake” into the name of his private practice. He appreciated not only the diversity of game - he did love a good bushel along with his fish-fry - but all the other wildlife as well, especially the birds. In the summer, he was never without a pair of binoculars close-by, in case he spotted a great blue heron, osprey, hawk - being on the Bay really brought out the inner ‘boy-scout’ for my Dad.
Some of my favorite memories of my Dad take place on the Chesapeake - whether boating through storms, or just sitting on the dock, throwing a rod in the water, I regard each with the same degree of reverence and importance. These are times when I knew my Dad was happiest, and doing something he loved, whether that was fishing, or just enjoying the scenery.
I’m starting this fund as a sort of ‘last collaboration’ between me and my Dad - I’d like to celebrate his passions by offering what I can to protect their source, by using mine. Going forward, I will donate *at least* 10% of profits from each painting I sell from this ‘Bay Series’, a percentage I hope to grow throughout the next year. Among others, I will be primarily donating to Blue Water Baltimore, an organization I know to be doing great work, and regard as crucial in maintaining and improving the health of the Bay.
My goal from personal proceeds is $2000 by the end of 2020. I’m hoping to far surpass that with donations from my other projects, as well as those made out of kindness from folks who also want to assist in protecting the Chesapeake’s quality of life.
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