Acrylic Paint and Crayon on Canvas, 16” x 20”, 2015

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About This Work:

This work was inspired by a short story of the same name, written by none other than my beautiful girlfriend.  In the tale she created, the two main characters were a little girl representing the epitome of childhood innocence, and her pet clownfish whom she loved dearly.  As one of her best friends growing up, the tiny clownfish was treated like royalty by the young girl eager to express her love and joy in having such a wonderful pet.  The girl even celebrated her fish’s birthdays by taping a balloon to his tank, as depicted in my painting.  I created the light yellow background of the piece with crayon to give it a more childish air, and then proceeded to paint the main subject seemingly floating in the middle of some brightly colored abyss.  The reason for my doing this is that I did not want the fish tank to be located in any definitive space.  I wanted to leave the surroundings up to the viewer’s imagination, so that it could either be resting on a platform or being carried away by some strong breeze.  As for the significance of the title being “Anvils,” well it would just ruin the story if I gave that away wouldn’t it?