Description This was a commissioned oil painting of a lion fish requested by Ginger and Robert Morgret. Lion fish are a great threat to the reefs of south florida. Lion fish were introduced to South Florida as an exotic creature for tropical fish tanks. Most likely, they were released into the waters of the ocean when their owners were tired of them. They have no natural enemy and their sting can be very painful. Their victims often need a hospital visit to treat their venom. Today it is encouraged that they be hunted and killed. They are apparently very tasty but hard to prepare. Restaurants will probably not offer them on the menu.
Nancy Tilles, Palm Beach Gardens Member Since April 2010 Artist Statement Nancy Tilles is an award winning fine artist and portraitist. She is known for her beautiful representational paintings of living things. Her oil paintings have been compared to photographs in their attention to detail and enhanced accuracy of color but they are not photographic at all. Instead, they could be called a kind of painterly realism. Her portraits of people and animals are rich in color and each painting tells a story about the subject's life.
Nancy's work has been commissioned publicly and privately numerous times. Her underwater series entitled "Sea eScape" was purchased by the City of Sunny Isles in Miami Beach. Other publicly commissioned work includes The Wild Things by The Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County and The Bus Bench project by The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Center.
Exhibits of Nancy's work have appeared several times at PB International Airport and in the Village of Wellington's Art in Public Places. She ha displayed her paintings at many festivals and shows including Artigras, Sunfest, Wellington Art Festival and Jupiter Art Fest by the Sea, to name a few. Her work has been published multiple times and her painting "Sheer Determination" was chosen as the cover of "Palms West Almanac" Magazine 2004. She is presently licensing many of her images to be used on various products.
Having earned her BFA from the University of Miami in 1977, she has since taken workshops with renowned artists, including Phillip Pearlstein, Nelson Shanks and Laurie Snow Hein.
The River of Grass Artists' Retreat, located in Palm Beach Gardens, is Nancy's new home/studio where she is working on commissions and offering classes and workshops to adults looking for a special place to be creative in a beautiful and natural setting.