There is a special challenge to depicting both surface and depth in painting aquatic worlds. In this series water striders inhabit the surface; fast moving carnivores with an incredible field of vision, they are ideally adapted to their environment. Their one weakness (their Achilles' heel) - the shadow they cast blinds them to what may come up to swallow directly from below; hence their link to the perils of narcissism.

The waterstrider series.


Oil on linen canvas.

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