"Goliath", as with all of my artwork, focuses on connecting the viewer to the eyes of the animal and promoting a connection with the soul and personality of that animal. Animals do not have the ability to express themselves in the way we can, so my goal is to bridge the gap between ourselves and nature by telling the authentic stories of our wildlife in a colorful way. This piece in particular highlights both the lushness of the coral reef and the vibrancy and energy that exists just below the water, while glorifying the Goliath Groupers grand size and personality.
The Groupers Story:
Goliath Grouper are the largest of the grouper family, able to reach a size of 800 pounds and up to 8 feet in length. With this size backing them, Grouper's are known to be inquisitive and are generally fearless of anyone or anything. Their intricate patterning, which I highlighted in this piece, is used to blend into their environment as well as to communicate with other Grouper.
Until a harvest ban was placed on the species in 1990, its population was in rapid decline due to overfishing. Today they are entirely protected from harvest and are recognized as a critically endangered species by the IUCN.
Besides telling stories and building connections, this piece also highlights my abstracted current technique and intense infatuation with color. Color plays a large role in "Goliath", in order to accent the deep blues of the water and fading away background I highlighted the groupers form with warm yellows and oranges. This coupled with the abundance of texture is what makes him come alive, and gives the visual sense that he's coming off the canvas.