Art That Supports Environmental Awareness

Photos by E. Gene Chambers

“I never get bored of going to the ocean and that admiration translates in my artwork,” says pastel artist Amy Estes. A nature lover who is known for her scenic depictions of coastal landscapes and wildlife, the Plymouth resident specializes in printing her original artwork on ceramic and marble coasters, trivets, murals, tiles and pillows. She recently teamed up with the Plymouth-based wildlife charity Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), which aims to protect endangered marine life, and designed a limited-edition line of coastal-themed products that help raise awareness and money for the WDC.

“I am always looking for projects that excite and motivate me,” says Estes. “This provides a way for people to shop consciously and make a difference with their dollars.” Working with pastels allows Estes to manipulate the colors and forms with her fingers. Whether depicting the intricacy of an oyster shell or the majesty of a whale, her images are both earthy and elegant. Her images are embedded into the tiles through a process called sublimation printing. “The image isn’t just screen printed on the surface. It becomes part of the tile.”

Estes’ seashell series is available through December and her marine life series featuring images of whales, dolphins, jellyfish and horseshoe crabs launched this month and will be available through March. To purchase coastal home decor products that benefit whale and dolphin conservation, visit

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