|Henry Anthony Van Dyke known as “Tony” to his friends was raised with two brothers and a sister on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in a small town between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. His father designed and built bugeye ketch wooden sailboats called the Chesapeake Baymate, and it is he who instilled in Tony his love and fascination of the local wildlife and sea creatures around the Bay. In his younger years, Tony worked for his brothers in the family crab business and when not working could be found out on the beautiful waters fishing, crabbing, swimming and sailing. Later he worked 12-hour days in his metal fabrication shop designing and constructing large industrial machinery. Too many days on dry land prompted Tony and his wife Grant to spend several years cruising the Atlantic Coast and the Florida Keys on their 41 ft Morgan Out Island named Southern Lady.
|While cruising Tony studied the local species in each area and was fascinated and delighted with the unending abundance of sea life. They recently bought a house and settled on land once again but still keep a boat on the Homosassa River so they may enjoy the gorgeous Florida Gulf Coast. With his unique aqua art, Tony combines his intimate knowledge of sea life, his love of sculpture, and his hard-earned skill with metal to create complex and wonderful pieces.
Tony loves hearing from friends, artists, cruisers and anyone who appreciates the wondrous life under the sea. Please share with him any thoughts and comments you may have, he can be reached at email@example.com.