approximately 2002 to March 2006 Nelson the Artist and Shaneen
have been in Coral Bay, with Nelson enjoying being resident
beautiful Ningaloo Marine Park which stretches right through
Coral Bay is a magnificent haven for the countless different
species of underwater life, with people coming from around
the world to swim with whale sharks, manta rays, reef shark,
and take in all the amazing sights this isolated place has.
Bay continues to amaze inspire & challenge us with it’s
rugged beauty, and being so isolated has allowed it to remain
one of the last few untouched wonders of the world. However
it remains connected to the rest of the world, through the
unique tourist attraction it has. Ningaloo Marine Park encompasses
the largest fringing coral reef in Australia and is the only
large reef in the world found so close to a continental land
mass. The park covers more than 4000 square kms, and extends
some 10 nautical miles out to sea.
is a wonderful place to live & work, without the trappings
of suburbia, offering an uncomplicated carefree lifestyle,
with it’s own sub-culture, and the small population
living in caravans and make- shift shacks, interestingly and
The painting titled Ningaloo Celebration is a double triangle,
signifying the process of life in the ocean and was inspired
after the decision was made by Geoff Gallop not to go ahead
with the marina. The author Tim Winton spearheaded the campaign
to stop the resort being built. You might have seen stickers
of “stop the resort save ningaloo reef” The
fish in the painting are having a party, celebrating and
swimming with renewed hope.
The painting also reflects the emotions of the supporters
and residents of Coral Bay, with it’s movement and
is a picture of Nelson holding one of the banners that were
used in the rally held at the beach.