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Peacock Bass
Acrylic on canvas 46" x 24 " (120cm X 60cm) - © Craig Bertram Smith 2016
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In this painting I wanted to portray peacock bass in their innate colour and attitude. Peacock bass, along with many ambush
predators, are commonly found around structure where their barred patterning is an ideal camouflage to blend
in with their background. The aggressive PB misses the fly at the split second where the branchiostegal gill rays are
extended boasting a fiery red hue, which under normal circumstances is hidden. Set in Panamanian rainforest,
I also wanted to emphasize the richness fauna and flora both above and below the water line.