My name is Michael Anthony Maroutsis. I am the oldest of 3 boys and the son to a loving mother and father. I'm a 32 year old artist from NYC. I was born and raised in Queens, but my family was fortunate enough to have a summer beach house out on the North Fork of Long Island in a small beach town called Mattituck. Growing up I spent my summers "out East" as we call it. Being lucky enough to grow up on the beaches of the north fork instinctually drew my attention to the water , the beach , and all marine life. My mother says I caught my first fish at 18 months old ! How's that for a fisherman ! Me and my two brothers were constantly fishing and exploring the beautiful bodies of water that surrounds the twin forks of Long Island. From the shallow inlets and bays, to the rocky Long Island sound , to the salty ocean that lie east of the south fork and the Hamptons. As I grew older I was privileged to start working on charter boats and through this I got to learn more and more about marine life and everything that has to do with the ocean. Here is where my passion for the water really started to take hold. Everyday I would wake and take a swim , then fish the sunrise , eventually heading to work on whatever charter boat I could manage to get work on, after work I would snorkel and fish till sunset. My entire summer consisted of being apart of the "salt life" as they call it. Finally when summer would end I found myself back in the concrete jungle of NYC staring into my large fish tanks , eagerly awaiting next summer and the salt water on my skin. Therein lies my passion for the water. As I grew up to be an older young man, I began traveling and would always find myself n destinations with beautiful beaches. I began my quest to become a certified scuba diver. I learned to surf. And so on and so on. My point in all this is that I LOVE THE WATER. Yet I am also very creative and found a passion for the arts along my path in life. Eventually i moved out to my summer beach house permanently at one point in my life and I started my own company merging the two loves I had, the company was called conch candles NOFO. I would spend my mornings and days snorkeling all along the beaches of the north fork for conchs , alive and empty shells. I then would clean out and bleach the shells, eventually turning them into candles. This was an instant success. You can still find articles online that were written about me and that venture, but due to the restricting seasons it wasn't a fruitful business unfortunately. Now I find myself here. Again at a crossroads in my life and again with an idea which will hopefully find its way into your homes. My candle making now still captures the essence of the ocean and the beauty it behold. I hope when looking at my candles you can visualize not only the ocean floor and its everlasting beauty, but the love I have for it and the boy that grew up never wanting to be too far from that one of a kind true everlasting elegance. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy my candles !