original fish art

unmatted, unframed (see photo)
watercolor on hot press watercolor paper
Image size: 10 x 4 inches
Paper size: 15 x 9 inches

I’ve illustrated hundreds of fishes over the years, and I think my favorite group to draw or paint might have be the shiners. It’s a fun challenge to make these minnows look silvery, and when a fish’s scales are large relative to their body size—as in this Blackchin shiner—the finicky task of laying out their scale rows becomes easier and much more rewarding.