These studies were improvisational and completed while watching live sharks at the underwater aquarium. Living in the midwest, it was the only place I could go to see live sharks.
I sat around the aquarium for a couple of days just watching and thinking about how to abstract a shark. I am sure the employees labeled me “the creepy silent guy drawing,” and that’s cool, I am sure I was just that.
Here are a few of the studies from that time.
This was back in a time when I was exploring the ideas of representation as abstraction…
maybe I will paint like this again someday, as it does have a bit of merit.