Gaj launched his “Eye on the Gulf Coast” project on Saturday, October 30, 2010 when he packed his car full of food, maps, sketchpads, cooking stove, water, paints, pencils, and digital cameras and drove south out of Groton, starting a 1,500-mile trek to the Gulf Coast. Gaj documented the transformation of the Gulf in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he wrote in a news release. Through his watercolors, photographs, sketches and brief conversations with residents along the coasts of western Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, he has compiled his observations and images into a book and exhibition titled “Eye on the Gulf Coast — The View From a New England Artist.”
Over a 4,000 mile, three week period, and as objectively as possible, Paul became more informed about the situation from his firsthand experience along the Gulf. He brought home a story, images, and inspiration to increase awareness, focus, and understanding of the consequences and results of this economic and environmental disaster.
This project has been funded through the generous contributions and support of a number of private and corporate donors. Gaj said he will direct a portion of the proceeds from the sale of his prints and books to the Gulf Restoration Network at http://healthygulf.org/.
For more information and updates on the project, please visit http://www.eyeonthegulfcoast.com/.