As a little girl growing up in Hawaii, I used to love to visit the koi ponds at the local hotels. While most people passed the neatly manicured pools with a simple glance, I liked to crouch down and examine the exotic fish. Some lurked stubbornly at the bottom, while others darted about in a frenzy near the surface. They were all shapes and sizes, in a variety of hues and patterns. My young artist eyes absorbed their elegant shapes and saturated colors. The contrast of the vibrant fish against the dark pool of water was beautiful, and I filed the image away in my mind as an inspiration.
I've always wanted to create a painting that captured the koi fish that entranced me as a child, but never had a chance to do so until now. 52 Pieces is an exciting part of my life, especially since I get to experiment with different subjects, explore my range, and draw on inspirations I've stored for years. "Piece 43" pays homage to things of beauty we see everyday... things we take a picture of literally or just with our mind, to return to and reflect upon in the future.
"Piece 43 (2008)" by Renee Coates. Oil painting on canvas. 6" x 6".