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Kelly Hudak

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Kelly Hudak

About CrystallineVoyage

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Oceanic Voyage Inspired Artwork

The Shop. . .

I began the Crystalline Voyage project reflecting on three years of sailing deliveries from the Atlantic Coast to the Bahamas and British Virgin Islands. My fiancé, Bruce LaFollette and I began Blue Water Services Global, LLC in 2017 as a Captain & Mate team working with companies such as The Moorings, Denison, Horizon Yacht Sales and Charter, Atlantic Cruising Yachts and handful of private clients. My background as an artist allowed us to provide videography services to record our voyages though I also began bringing my Hasselblad H4D-40 to develop oceanic inspired artwork.

I am happy to provide professional high resolution, medium format digital downloadable files and guidance in printing for personal use. I am also offering commercial licenses if the interest arises. Stay tuned for limited editions as digital downloads and prints in the near future! I love the printing process and look forward to sharing my experience with various labs and home printing set ups. I have a mailing list to share what I have learned along the way in a once a month newsletter, and you can also find me on Skillshare, teaching creative exercises in photography. I will be publish printing classes as well.

My work has been purchased by private collectors and exhibited in the gallery, as well as, hospitality setting including Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara and 6080 Collins Avenue Beach House on Miami Beach. I have also had the opportunity to work with Hasselblad Americas and Dorna Sports during a fifteen year project with the motorcycle racing championship, MotoGP.

Crystalline Voyage is the next chapter in an exciting art path, sharing my philosophy on speed and stillness, dynamism and fluid experience.

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It all started here. . .

The sea has played an important role in my life since childhood. I remember walks on the beach with my grandma and Mom, searching for sea glass and shells, swimming in the ocean with my Dad and Grandpa, encouraging me to swim in the water where I couldn’t touch the ground any longer, and visiting the docks filled with boats and fisherman.

I knew the New England Coast, South Carolina and the Space Coast of Florida and eventually I felt that islands and reefs were calling me. My Dad would share his experience of snorkeling and diving, my Mom often painted the sea in her own artwork and my grandparents had a vast collection of crystal, including many sea inspired pieces. I found myself exploring immersive and watery themes in undergraduate at The University of Hartford Art School in pâte de verre glass and ceramics and again at The University of California, Santa Barbara Art School with sculptural & photographic studies, completing my MFA by 2004.

In Santa Barbara, I thought I would begin freediving in the kelp forests but my fate took a twist when my grandma surprised me with my first skydive on a family vacation. It was mid graduate study and I landed that day, exhilarated. My Grandma telling me that my had sister always wanted to try skydiving, Lori had died as a passenger in a drunk driving crash just about a year earlier. I found the sky just as immersive as the sea and for the next few years I contemplated time and space relative to physical being in over 300 skydives. I also photographed canopy piloting as athletes spiraled in the sky to skim the surface of the earth on landing. By 2006 I found myself on track photographing the motorcycle prototype world championship, MotoGP. The riders balance and awareness inspired a new body of artwork celebrating dynamism, speed and stillness. Moving to South Carolina to take care of family, Bruce brought me to a yoga studio where we discovered Ashtanga Yoga and in a strange way it reflected my work in motorcycle racing and skydiving, allowing me to explore the body, spatial relationships and ethereal being in meditation, and breath work. Bruce and I moved to Miami for a short time in 2009 to study at Miami Life Center then moved back to California for a while.

Sailing took hold in 2010, when Bruce and I took a class at the Newport School of Seamanship on the 14ft Lidos. It was hard to imagine that I could race motorcycles and I had put away my skydiving gear back in 2006. The sea called me again. After completing our course we were invited to the wooden boat class yet we wanted to move beyond the harbor and purchased our first boat, a 27ft Catalina instead. We sailed from Marina del Rey to Dana Point and from there took many afternoon sails along the Pacific Coast and a brave first voyage to Catalina Island. We moved back to South Carolina to a year long yoga apprenticeship and then to Connecticut to help my Dad, challenged with Parkinson’s.

In 2013 we made our way back to Miami and stayed for nearly six years! it felt nice to be in one place for a while. The islands were so close now and I soon made my first trip to Bimini, only 50 miles offshore. The waters were incredibly translucent, a crystalline aquamarine I had never experienced before. The further offshore we traveled, I could hardly believe the sapphire hues as the sun pierced the surface in long rays to unknown depths. Some years later we were visiting ports in the Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the British Virgin Islands. We had sold our Catalina 27 back in 2011 and were completely inspired to purchase another boat. In the meantime we were able to sail boats on delivery such as the Jeanneau 440, Beneteau 45 and Nautitech 46. Each voyage was different and strengthened our connection to the ocean.

What’s next. . .

Now, expecting our first baby in June we are very much looking forward to sailing with her and teaching her about the extraordinary waters that cover the earth. The pandemic has provided me with much time to appreciate The Bahamas and Caribbean islands and I wonder what it will be like the next time I visit.

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