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Pseudotropheus Demasoni, oil on canvas, 2001, 30.5" X 84"

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Sometimes the idea for a painting takes a very long time to develop and goes through many revisions on its way to a final solution. Sometimes the idea for a painting develops full-blown almost instantaneously, even thought the execution of the idea may take days or weeks. Such was the case for Pseudotropheus Demasoni.

In the spring of 2001, my mother-in-law had to have some surgery. While I was waiting in the waiting room with my wife and others in the family, I had brought work to do while we waited, and had been busy. A minute or two before we were going to leave I noticed fish swimming in an aquarium. I immediately thought that one looked like one of the paintings I had been working on. I did a quick sketch, made notes on color and cropping, and recorded the species name. The next painting I did was Pseudotropheus Demasoni.

Without thinking about it, I had decided to do a painting that made significant use of black. This use of black was inspired directly from nature. This experience opened up the use of black in other paintings, such as Six and Heracles Strangling the Nemean Lion. It made me think of what Matisse said -- that he didn't really know color until he started using black.