JP Canlis, Seattle-based glass artist, is once again bringing us back to the coast of Hawaii through his newest sculpture, Makapuu Backwash. The artistic application of bubbles and the fade of jade green to soft blue, capture the flow of the waves. A backwash, by definition, is when a wave collides against a sea wall or barrier and is then thrust back out to sea, meeting the oncoming wave head on. When JP created his Ocean Studies series, of hand-blown glass artwork, he wanted to include the backwash form, as it reminded him of playing in the waves as a child. Later, his experience surfing these waves gave him an up close look at the elegant forms and the balance of the water. He used his natural insight to create a piece that is defined, complete and pleasing to the eye.