Description This oil painting was inspired in 2010 when I was asked to do a mural of game fish and deep sea life. The mural never came about. Instead, I created this study which I later painted as a triptych 9 feet long. The painting illustrates the story of how a Sailfish splits the bait ball chasing Mahi Mahi and plunders its riches. Marlin, Dolphin, dolphin fish, sharks, seals and whales also share in the ocean's bounty. Having no first-hand experience with deep sea fishing, I researched from books, videos and the internet. Guy Harvey's wonderful illustrations and photography were a great resource.
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.