Artist Comments: Fishing is a popular recreation for those lucky enough to find the time to fish for the “big one.” I don’t particularly like to fish myself, but I have several friends who do enjoy this sport. I found this particular marine life painting an interesting subject to paint.
Note: This painting sold to a private art collector in Virginia.
Artist Comments: Artists will often use reference photos to compose their paintings from. Sometimes they will create their composition from only one photo and at other times several photos are used. There’s nothing wrong with painting from photos, artist do it all the time.
This still life painting is a combination of several such reference photographs which depicted the nautical elements I wanted to portray in my painting. One of those elements was coral. Coral can be found in so many different shapes, sizes and colors. Although, pinks and reds are the most common colors. They are tiny sea creatures which live in the ocean in large colonies that look like plants. They will live all of their adult lives in one place and prefer the places where the water is warmer. When they die their skeletons form a hard stony substance also called coral. Large deposits of coral often accumulate to form reefs or islands.
I had never used coral in a painting before, so as I considered painting a still life with a nautical theme, I felt it would be very interesting to include some coral in this one. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I especially like the nautical lantern to finish out this marine themed still life.