Blue Claw Crab Love

Often, people ask me what my favorite piece is. My answer is usually whichever piece is newest. That's mostly true now. I am ALL about my new Fiddler Crab collection (available in-person only, come see me at a show). However, there are some older pieces that are on my favorites list, too.

A few years ago, I created a piece inspired by my love of blue claw crabs & Old Bay seasoning.

  This is as far as my proficiency in mathematic equations ever got : Blue Claws + Old Bay = LOVE

This is as far as my proficiency in mathematic equations ever got : Blue Claws + Old Bay = LOVE

I fell in love with crabs as a tiny person. Every Saturday, my grandfather would take my brother & I out in his rowboat to check his crab traps in Crab Creek (Shelter Island, NY). He'd pull them up into the boat, mud slopping everywhere, crabs pinching at the air. 

My love for crabs only grew after living in Baltimore, MD for 4 years while studying Illustration at MICA

Exhibiting this piece at festivals, I've learned some crab facts. For instance, blue claw crabs are often shipped from FLORIDA to keep up with demand. They can be found in waters all over, not just Maryland/VA/NJ. Some crab lovers decipher male & female crabs by comparing the shapes on their undersides to "The Capital Building" and "The Washington Monument". People in Annapolis refuse to acknowledge that a knife can be beneficial in picking crabs (ha). A lot of people prefer crab cakes to picking crabs because "it's too much work for so little meat". The mustard is THE BEST PART, even though some people insist it is crab poop. Do you have any to add? 

Anyone else have a soft spot for steamed blue claw crabs? 

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