Accurate drawings of various tropical aquarium fish. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. In the gallery is the Alligator Gar, Altum Angelfish, Blood Parrot Cichlid, Black Phantom Tetras, Blue Discus Fish, Harlequin Rasboras, Neon Tetras, Red-Breasted Piranha, Red-Tailed Catfish and Tiger Oscar Cichlid. Signed prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the bird you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific aquarium fish can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist. All drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and color
The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
From my early childhood, I recall there being a large fish tank in our house. From the times my brother had them, to the following years when I was old enough myself to keep them, except for some short periods, I have had fish as pets. Tropical fish are wonderful animals, and I have spent many hours watching and observing them. I've only gotten around to adding a few here, as you can see. One of them - the Blood Parrot Cichlid - was a commission from a friend who had one as a pet, and wanted to give her friend a gift after the fish passed on. Recently, I've spent a lot of time watching the fish in the flooded rainforest exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. The drawing of the Red-Tailed Catfish comes from sketching the images right there in the exhibit. If you have a suggestion for a species of tropical fish you'd like to see here, or for information about having a custom drawing done please send me an email.
Freshwater tropical fish inhabit the lakes, streams and rivers of the rainforests. Because of their bright colorations and relative ease with which they can be cared for, these fish are often kept by people in aquariums. This makes for a very large industry, and millions of fish are brought from the tropics each year to meet this demands. There is a great variety of size and shape from the fragile looking angelfish to the dangerous and sometimes very large piranhas (which have a reputation as being man-eaters, but are mostly harmless to humans and livestock.) Many of the popular species come from areas all over the world, such as Indonesia, Brazil and India. Many of them are imported, but many more are bred in countries that they're not native to. Which can be a problem if a species is introduced into an ecosystem that can't handle it - although this usually isn't a problem in more moderate climates as any fish from the tropics usually cannot survive the cold winters. Historical accounts dating back some 4500 years ago point to the Sumerians as being the first humans to have artificial fish ponds.