Starting with a tanned brown background this artwork gives a very different colour scheme to an underwater ocean scene, dismissing aqua blues and greens for the night. After layering in some dark violet blue paint I found a home in the painting for an outcropped coral reef with rich marine life.
Red and cream coloured soft corals are painted into the large purple brush splatters. Arched marks on the right purple brush strokes are from my fingers accentuating the curve.
A coral grouper surveys his territory as a top predator in this coral reef painting. Groupers have large mouths to generate strong suction when they draw prey in.
A bright red sea sponge and an ochre gorgonian, or fan coral, make the most of the nutrient rich purple waters brushed in behind them. Coral reefs are like underwater rain forests, with a huge variety of life.