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Where fishes need passports

Where fishes need passports


In the brackish waters of estuaries, migrating fish pass unseen below the neon lights of harbour entertainment.

I spent many summers sailing and messing about in boats in the beautiful estuaries of South Devon, fascinated by how the world below the waters shifted and changed with the tides, seemingly oblivious to the hustle and bustle of human activity above.

The painting has many layers, scratched into and glazed over to create the water's depth and ever changing movement as freshwater mixes and mingles with the heavier seawater in an estuary. The fish are only partially revealed creating a sense of gliding movement and depth whilst the flash of saturated pink with hints of reflection in the water, move the eye round the picture and vividly contrast with the deep green-blue.

The detailed images of the fish are emphasised by looser marks of the water and scratchy lines of the man-made structures above.

The panel is framed in an off-white tray frame.


    Acrylic, mixed media and cold wax on wooden panel 30 X 30 cm (~12 X 12 inches)

    Frame is 43.5 X 43.5 X3.5 cm (~ 17 X 17 X 1.25 inches)

    The picture is finished with a protective wax finish which gives it a gorgeous subtle sheen. The sides of the panel are painted off white.

    Picture is supplied framed in a simple white wooden frame.


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