Painting of koi fish

Koi Fish

There’s this incredible park not far from my home in Seattle, WA. At Volunteer Park you’ll find a Conservatory and the Seattle Asian Art Museum, of course. Plus, there are all sorts of walking paths, gardens, a kids wading pool, playgrounds, benches, and sculptures. My kids love it. I especially love the lily ponds that are in front of the art museum. They are teeming with koi fish. This is a series of paintings focused on the fish I observed there.

These paintings are full of vibrant colors and interesting, contrasting textures. To give each painting the feeling of movement, I engraved the backgrounds with a pattern of deep grooves, which are reminiscent of the carefully groomed sand found at Japanese gardens. To enhance the variety of textures, I’ve painted the fish onto a textured specialty paper which is affixed to the background. The fish are full of life, painted with brilliant cadmium yellows, oranges and reds, and in some cases silver and iridescent blue highlights.

Painting of koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #3” – Acrylic painting on canvas (18″w x 24″h)
Painting of koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #4″ – Acrylic painting on canvas (18″w x 24″h)
Painting of koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #5″ – Acrylic painting on canvas (24″w x 18″h)
Painting of two koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #6” – Acrylic painting on canvas (8″w x 10″h)
Acrylic painting of two koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #7” – Acrylic on canvas (10″w x 8″w)
Painting of a koi fish
“Volunteer Park Koi #8″ – Acrylic on canvas (10″w x 8″w)