Local Artist Paints Artificial Reef


Painting for Some to See
Doug Bolly is a local artist with a mission. He is painting the wheelhouses of two large ships which will be dropped into the ocean. Ironically, the boats will become the very habitat he prefers to paint - an underwater reef. This is all part of Palm Beach County's Artificial Reef Program. The boats are about 170 feet long and will be dropped in approximately 90 feet of water. They will be visible to scuba divers and ocean marine life.


Immediate left:
Doug Bolly stands in front of one of his murals.
Far left:
Examples of Doug's paintings 1. Christ of the Deep, 2. Dolphin Trio, 3. A Friend and Anemone, 4. Dedication, 5. Dining with Friends.


Prior to this, Doug studied art at FAU and has worked with world renowned waterscape painter Wyland. He met Wyland when the artist was painting the Burdines mural on Flagler in Miami, and also helped him with the Keys Mural on the K-Mart in Marathon. They remain good friends. Doug has also painted major projects at the Miami Seaquarium including the mural: Lolita's New Horizon. The mural can be seen upon entering the main gate, it is 1300 square feet and it exceeds 160 feet in length.

Doug's work can be found and ordered online at his website: http://www.dbolly.com.

See our other story on the Artificial Reef.