Introducing the FishEyez series! Back in 2012, I started this series to highlight some of the most popular tropical fish here in South Florida that also happens to be the best tasting. Always trying to diversify, this is a different more contemporary approach to my artwork. I was inspired by a more pop art focused color scheme and the final product was printed on a floated acrylic which completed the vibrant display. This was the first of an ongoing series that I will be posting in the coming weeks. Much to my surprise, this has become one of my best-selling series of all time. We can find beauty or art anywhere in the world around us, we just have to know where to look. One of the more obvious examples of this is mother nature and the truly breathtaking creatures we cohabitate with.
This is the mahi-mahi. Also known as the common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus), It is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical waters worldwide. Also widely called dorado and dolphin, it is one of two members of the Coryphaenidae family, the other being the pompano dolphinfish. The name mahi-mahi comes from the Hawaiian language and means "very strong", through the process of reduplication. Though the species is also referred to as the common dolphinfish, the use of "dolphin" can be misleading as they are not closely related to dolphins (Porpoise) In the Pacific and along the English-speaking coast of South Africa, the mahi-mahi is commonly referred to by its name in Spanish, dorado. In the Mediterranean island of Malta, the mahi-mahi is referred to as the lampuka.
SIDE NOTE : Can you see the hidden surprise in this image? Please comment below with your guess. (HINT : it is hidden in the namesake of this series). The answer will be revealed at the bottom of this post.
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ANSWER : There is a diver in the eye of the fish. The reflection is as if someone were actually taking its picture. This is the only 100% digital image I use in any of my pieces.