Description This is an oil painting of three Marlins coming in for the kill. Numerous Mahi Mahi (also called Dolphin Fish or Dorado) are trying to get away from them by jumping out of the water or swimming deeper into the sea. Dolphin mammals are approaching from afar to hunt the Mahi Mahi also. Bait fish are everywhere. This is a square painting that measures 40 x 40. The square format required a different kind of layout. The elements were put into very geometric forms. I used the shape of the triangle to position the Marlins, one is coming from below and two from each side. The Mahi Mahi form a triangle going in the opposite direction. It is a pure fantasy of ocean life hunting its prey. A frenzy of activity in the sea!
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.