Water: it’s ever-changing, constantly flowing, has the ability to be whatever shape makes sense at the moment.
When I was first approached by Chad and Jeannie, the owners of Guanabanas, to talk about their ideas for a new restaurant in Stuart, I knew instantly that we were gonna ride that same creative wave. It’s an artist’s dream come true when you meet people that are just so open to going with the flow and allowing a project to organically develop.
Throughout the entire process, they were so easy going and open to creative ideas. They communicated the ideas that they had and allowed me to run with them in creating that vision. When I explained what I wanted to paint on the wall coming up from the docks I mostly just painted a word picture for them of my idea, and somehow they saw past my horrid sketching and allowed me to freehand the #HaveaSwellDay mural. That kind of trust and vision allowed me to create something really special that I’m so proud of. We wanted to create artwork for the restaurant that would be something that captured the feel of the area, but also something new that no one had seen yet.
My #originalfluidartfish sculptures came from my love of ocean creatures and my past work with resin. The sailfish is something so iconically “Stuart” but we really wanted it to have a new feel, something exciting and different. Working along with great companies and materials from Gray’s Taxidermy and ArtResin, I created pieces with Taxidermy forms, fluid paint, glitter, resin, gold, and silver leaf that were each unique, working along with Chad and Jeannie to get the right colors and feel for each piece.
As you pull up to the docks at Harborage Yacht Club you’ll definitely notice those lovely ocean blues pulling you up the winding path as you walk along the giant wave #HaveaSwellDay mural to the top deck where rotating bands play live music while you sip on an ice-cold beer, a RudeBwoy Mojito and maybe some Poke Nachos. The gorgeous bar made from reclaimed barn wood is lined with glass windows overlooking that stunning bay view. You’ll notice the captivating fish sculptures in the Sailfish Dining Room, or maybe you’ll choose to enjoy your Crunchy Fish Sandwich, or BBQ Chicken Salad out on the covered patio while you enjoy those salty breezes. No matter where you chose to sit you can feel how much attention to detail and love was invested in this place. Even the walls of the bathrooms are filled with original paintings that transport you into an underwater wonderland.
With the recent Covid-19 Pandemic, the TideHouse was forced to close, as many other businesses were. Much to everyone’s happiness, they opened back up on May 13th. So show a little local love and pop on over for a yummy bite to eat and show us how much you missed us!
It’s an artist’s dream come true when you meet people that are just so open to going with the flow and allowing a project to organically develop.