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“Pisaster ochraceus” is an acrylic mosaic painting on deep edge canvas of a purple starfish, also known as Purple Sea Star. The painting was created in 2017 especially for the Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries. It was inspired by my research into marine animals where it transpired that pisaster ochraceus are not just beautiful to look at but are also a keystone species within the intertidal zone because they are an indicator of the overall health of the area.

Starfish are a theme that I have visited in previous paintings because I feel that they are happy animals to look at. In the painting I hid a smiling face within the pattern that gives this purple sea star a friendly appearance while staying true to the fact that a starfish’s face is underneath the body, facing down.

The pattern that connects the starfish as the main subject in this painting with the overall background represents the close connection of this animal to its surroundings and the interconnectiveness of life beneath the sea and along the shore lines. The colours have been place to not only complement each other but to represent other animals and plants surrounding this starfish in the ocean.

Overall the aim of this painting is to make those looking at it smile, to bring a joy to any room it is displayed in and to take the viewer’s mind off of any troubles they may have, even if only for a while. My mosaic paintings are very positive and aim to bring happiness to the world.

This piece is painted on high grade cotton canvas. To create this painting I used top grade artist's acrylics by UK company Winsor & Newton, American company Golden and German brand Schminke. The painting is protected with UV filtering varnish and comes ready to hang with D-rings and wire across the back. This artwork can be hung as is, because the pattern continues around all sides. However if you wish to add a frame, I would recommend a light to medium grey tray floater. I make these frames by hand myself, so please get in touch to discuss.

"Pisaster Ochraceus" is signed on the front and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. When the time comes to send you your new treasure, it will be protected by acid free archival paper, bubble wrap, cardboard, polythene sheeting, packaging paper and high visibility red and white "Fragile" tape. Safe and secure!

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©2017 Tanja Hassel | Live Your Life In Colour

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Pisaster Ochraceus - Purple Starfish (2017)


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Tanja Hassel

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