Subject Tags: lifelike, anemone, natural environment, realistic, real, sealife, movement, exotic, fiji, beauty in nature, face, green, orange, yellow, natural, extra large, animals, nemo, large, extra, realism, oil, nature, painting, animal, wildlife, water, marine, clownfish, underwater, sea, ocean, fish
Size: 45.5"W x 39.5"H x 3"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
No, this is not a photograph!! One of my last remaining oil paintings depicting my underwater photography. This image taken in Fiji is an Orange-Finned Anemonefish in its natural environment. I really remember the agony of painting this - rounding each and every tiny tentacle of the sea anemone following its shape. As the "belly" of the anemone became exposed from the water's movement, I could see its distinctive patterns and texture. A split second of constant movement. I am a sucker for anemonefish (commonly known today as clownfish) - took probably thousands of images (way before "Nemo") but I could never pass up the opportunity to take another. I laughingly call the anemonefish a "spastic fish", as each and every millimeter moves in different directions at once. She's small but a BIG personality!
Measured with the frame, this piece is 45.5 x 39.5 and ready to hang. The actual canvas is 36x30 and could easily be reframed if desired.
My work is about color and movement, echoing the beauty and rhythms of nature and life. Most of my paintings are created with many thin layers of acrylic glazing, producing complex and beautiful colors with a lot of luminosity. Textures and shapes form with each new layer added. Each piece takes a long time to design and finish, as every layer must completely dry before painting another. Hues sitting on top of each other, rather than mixed or applied thicker, create new colors and a lot of depth and texture. When the painting is finished colors and shapes appear through all the earlier layers. I have been an artist more than 25 years. I studied photography and painting at American University, the Washington Studio School and the Smithsonian. During my years as a professional underwater photographer my work was exhibited, published and internationally awarded. I began painting early in my art career - first oils on canvas, capturing my images of sea life. About thirteen years ago I transitioned to acrylics on canvas, and moved from realism to abstract. No longer diving and photographing, my love of color and shape continues through my paintings. Follow my work at artbymarna.com. My work - photographs and paintings - are in corporate and private collections nationwide including Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, San Francisco and Santa Fe, where I now reside. I've exhibited in many shows and galleries, most recently at the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art in Las Vegas and Eldorado Open Studio in Santa Fe.