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February Eco-Artist: Below and Beyond Art Interview

Updated: Mar 4, 2021

Each month Shark Guardian selects an artist that goes above and beyond (and in this case below and beyond!) the call of duty for the sake of the ocean and all its inhabitants. We believe that artists, like photographers, play a vital and often underestimated role in ocean conservation. They inspire, educate and cultivate passions that may never had been sparked. Each month during 2021 we are shining a light on some of the great artists we’ve had the privilege of working with - come join us!

Our first eco-artist and February feature is the wonderful Below and Beyond Art. So without further ado, Janavi take to the stage!

A little background to begin with, please introduce yourself. My name is Janavi Kramer and I am a British Nautical Artist and the face behind Below and Beyond Art. I work with a variety of mediums but love using watercolour and archival inks. The goal of all my work is to articulate the magic of the ocean; not only hoping to evoke ​the same passion in others but also to highlight the threats impacting the ocean and all the species within it.

When did you first become interested in the ocean?

I spent much of my childhood fascinated by nature documentaries such as Blue Planet. I was simply mesmerised by the endless wonders and seemingly mythical creatures that were presented on the screen. So much so in fact, that I would frequently plead with my parents to take me to the seaside so that I could wade into the ocean and clamber through rock pools to document my own discoveries. And the fascination only deepened with the more I learnt!

What’s the best thing you’ve seen underwater?

The best and most memorable moment underwater was my first time encountering an Oceanic Manta Ray. As it emerged out of the blue, I can describe what I felt only as pure euphoria. Watching this majestic species dance in the gentle currents around me was nothing less than magic. The presence of both elegance and power was so captivating to witness. This moment inspired my ambition to contribute towards ocean conservation and to this day they are a continuous source of inspiration to my creative process.