The oil painting “Koi Pond” was inspired by the pond at the Botanical Gardens in Barbados. I was entranced by the graceful orange and gold fish darting through the shadowed water, but I wanted a woman’s profile and orange hair in the picture. This posed an interesting challenge in perspective and composition.
This one lurked in my head and drawing pad for 2 1/2 years. I finally decided to bend the perspective to allow the abstract quality of the pond to take precedence. I gave over most of the canvas to the flat plane of the pond and forced the wooden railing and figure to the extreme edge of the canvas. At first glance it’s a simple composition, but in truth it isn’t.