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Sails and Sardines - 60cm x 76cm acrylic on canvas
© Craig Bertram Smith 2017
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Watching sailfish hunt, demonstrates a fish that is highly evolved for its specialized function. Excited, their
colours switch on and with their large dorsal fin, they appear to purposefully herd their prey.
Their "Sails" darken along with the rest of their bodies only separated by lighter stripes, giving the illusion of bubbles.
This visual display confuses the baitfish as they swim tightly together toward the surface, forming the
phenomena of a baitball. At this point the little fish are trapped and the sailfish now pick off the sardines,
often stunning them as they thrash their bills.

Salmo Trutta - 59cm x 30cm acrylic on Fabriano
© Craig Bertram Smith 2016
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Mangrove Snook
Acrylic on canvas 30" x 16" (75cm X 41cm) - © Craig Bertram Smith 2015
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Big Red
Acrylic on canvas - 30" x 13" (75cm X 34cm) - © Craig Bertram Smith 2015
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Lunker in the Lily Pads
Acrylic on board (70cm X 50cm) - © Craig Bertram Smith 2014
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Quick on the Trigger

(Copyright Craig Bertram Smith-2010)
Acrylic on Canvas (90cm X 120cm)
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The Yellow-margin Triggerfish is quite an interesting character of the tropical flats. They hover around using mostly pectoral, dorsal and anal fins, the tail is only really used for quick bursts of speed.

In the painting I wanted the corals in the foreground very detailed. The branched staghorn coral echoes the intricate patterns of the light on the sea floor and the yellow tabletop staghorn coral draws the viewer to the focal point. The chartreuse of the crab pattern is also used to echo the colours of the main character which leads ones eye to the action of the painting.

I enjoy painting a scene from two different perspectives, water and air. Clouds form interesting abstract shapes and also create the mood. I wanted to convey a sense of eminent tension as the cumulonimbus storm clouds build in the background, the present pristine conditions could change at any time. Nature is of course anything but predictable.

 


Preliminary Drawing

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Break Away
(Copyright Craig Bertram Smith-2010)

Acrylic on Canvas (120cm X 80cm)

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Ignobilis,a fierce and powerful predator of the tropical reefs. One of the most sought-after and respected game fish
targeted by sport fisherman. A hard fighting fish that will put you to the test.
They are truly the lords of the reefs, capable of out-swimming and maneuvering any bait fish it comes across.

Here one large Kingfish breaks away from the group in pursuit of a shoal of fusiliers. Often patrolling the edge
of the reefs, they pounce on anything unlucky to be intercepted by it. A special request from the owner of this painting
was to add a interesting little fish, the undulate triggerfish, in the bottom right hand corner.

Preliminary Drawing