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Fish #131 Thick Lipped Grey Mullett Chelon labrosus ~ Adele Pound
Acrylic on panel 50 x 70 cm
My partner is an angler and the thick lipped grey mullet his nemesis. Every summer he is tortured as large mullet swirl lazily yards from his feet slurping at the bread he has thrown down to entice them. But they are canny and almost never slurp the morsel that is wrapped around his hook. The triumph of an occasional catch is quickly overshadowed by more wasted hours and loaves.
My own most recent encounter with this species came last summer while snorkelling at St John's point, a 6 mile finger of land that juts into Donegal Bay on the west coast of Ireland. As I turned a corner to explore a narrow gully, I saw a mullet feeding at the surface. I immediately stopped, expecting the fish to disappear in a flash. But it hadn't seen me. It continued to slurp happily at the surface apparently lost in the moment. I inched forward flexing just my toes to gently move my flippers. As I drew nearer the silver eye slowly swivelled in my direction and focused. They say fish have no facial expressions but I'm sure I saw the horror on its face as the reality of the situation dawned on it. This time it was gone in a flash, flying past me and out of the gully, leaving me chuckling through my snorkel.
Adele Pound - Biog
Adele is a wildlife artist and keen birdwatcher based in Co Down, Northern Ireland. Originally from Kent, she studied Fine Art, Painting, at Medway College of Design and Winchester School of Art. After graduating she exhibited in solo and group shows whilst also gaining experience in commercial work such as pub and restaurant refurbishment and hand painted crafts. She relocated to Northern Ireland in 1999 and has continued to exhibit widely in both the fine art and crafts sectors. She has had three solo painting shows since relocating with another scheduled for September 2018.
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