SAN DIEGO-Artist Pete Tillack has given back repeatedly to help conserve the environment through his art. Tillack has worked with the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) and its many fund-raising events, namely the Waterman's and Liquid Nation Foundation, through the past years to bring in the financial support needed to focus on issues affecting the environment.
Last year's Waterman's Weekend saw Tillack bring two of surfer Kelly Slater's boards to life, on which Tillack portrayed the eight-time world surf champion in legendary form. The project, in turn, brought in a substantial amount of funding. Following closely after this event, Tillack created a dynamic piece on a hand-carved, 11-foot balsa-wood surfboard, shaped by Roy Sanchez, which Tillack called "A Surfer's Code," after the heart of Shaun Thompson.
This year will be no exception; Tillack has already put together some outstanding pieces for both events. For the Waterman's 2007, Tillack has created a tribute to the talented Lisa Anderson, who will be honored with the "Waterman of the Year" award. On one of Anderson's prized boards, Tillack has captured the dual personalities of this four-time women's world surf champion.
And, not to be outdone with last year's Liquid Nation's "A Surfer's Code," Tillack was given a hand-carved balsa-wood board, on which he created the piece titled "Is it still a barrel if no one sees it?" The piece pays tribute to the early days of the Waterman event.
After leaving his Australian home on the beach of Cronulla in 1993, Tillack traveled the world and fulfilled his desires for adventure and the chance to surf new destinations. After more than seven years of living out of a backpack, he made a home in Southern California and uncovered his creative talent. Tillack's experiences are a heavy influence on his subject matter, and his artwork is his voice of awareness to appreciate and help preserve his surroundings.