Earth Day — not quite what we had hoped it would be. Our precious planet seems to be a mess right now, but not without hope.

While right now we humans have our own problems, the health of our oceans remains key to our survival. We’re stuck inside self-isolating, but here is a reminder that there are many splendid sights to behold, once we can get back out there and see the world again.

My favorite subjects to paint are marine creatures living underwater. This crazy-looking creature is a Basket Starfish, which can be found on the ocean floor in our Pacific coastal waters. I was fascinated by its lacey branching structure and graceful movements.