Larry Ringgold was born and raised on the Chesapeake Bay. He grew up crabbing and fishing with local watermen and has always felt a connection to the bay.
Larry first discovered driftwood sculptures in California in the 70’s. Since then he has found other artists doing magnificent work using driftwood. Their work was inspiring, but very different from Larry's approach in design and construction.
Since early in his career, Larry has used common, easily accessible materials to create fantastical works of art. His experimentation with driftwood began after the 2011 hurricanes forced the opening of the Conowingo Dam, which flooded the Chesapeake Bay. The result carried all varieties of colors, shapes and sizes of driftwood down to the Maryland beaches providing Larry with the raw materials to create a menagerie of driftwood art.