mahi dolphin sportfish paintingChristopher is a colorblind marine artist, fisherman, diver, and reef keeper residing in beautiful Central Florida.  Christopher paints colorful and breathtaking images of offshore fish such as mahi, marlin, and sailfish as well as sea turtles, sharks, coral reefs, and beautiful Caribbean fishes. He began painting and sketching as a child in Hickory, North Carolina, far from the ocean. He often found himself in the family pool, imagining that he could live and breath underwater much like the colorful fishes he would see on TV accompanied by the voice of David Attenborough. Over the years, Christopher found ways to express his affinity of creating artistic expression by designing tattoos, corporate identities, websites and even apparel.

But it wasn’t until his NAUI certification in November of 2000 that he found a hobby that best suited his talents. While learning how to dive over the first few years of his certification, Christopher committed himself to learning to identify the countless marine fishes, invertebrates and corals on the reef. “The interesting thing about studying reef fish identification is that you couldn’t help but notice their individual beauty. Their iridescence, the gaudy colors, and their own independent evolutionary path makes all these creatures remarkable. Even the ‘ugly’ ones like the soapfish!”

A few years into his certification, Christopher took the plunge into underwater photography by purchasing an Olympus PT-010 housing for his Olympus C4040z. Since that first excursion Christopher has made it through multiple iterations of equipment (film and digital), one housing flood, and many memorable photographs. His current underwater rig of a Sony RX-100 in a Meikon housing with an Inon UWL-100 wide angle lens and Sea&Sea YS-01grants him the ability to capture beautiful reference photos for his paintings.

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  1. Jim says:

    I am also color blind and an artist. I think that we color blind artists should form a group and share information on how we cope and create artwork.

    I have tried different techniques over the years and I think I might have a very good idea for us. Black and White paintings look great for the exception of color. Just a touch of color will turn a black and white painting into a masterpiece.

    We can try painting like the old masters used to. Limit our color palette to a few token colors for damage control and to better manage the color combinations. Concentrate on form and composition vs vivid color. This works beautifully! Many of the masterpieces of old are only a few colors. Rembrandt only used Yellow, Black , White and Red for his palette. Think limited palette!

    The old masters painted differently than we do today. They used to paint the entire scene in black and white called (grisalle). When the gray underpainting dried, they would glaze clear colors over the black and white underpainting. It would be like painting in watercolors over a black and white photograph. It worked so well that many of their works still remain unrivaled.

    One more thing about the black and white underpainting, it allows the artist to work out the values better. That is why the light is so incredible in the Old Master paintings. They concentrated on creating an almost theater lighting for their figures. Read up on Classical painting or Indirect painting.

What do you think?