American Beauties #2

Spondylus Americanus

The spiny oysters of American Beauties #2 represent a variation in the species. I’ve been told by divers that oysters growing attached to wrecks are more showy on their outer valve and flat on the backside where they were attached. It’s interesting to note that the spines can also be shorter or consist mostly of ruffled “paddles” instead of the long spikes more commonly associated with this species. In this painting I chose two shell variations in slightly lighter shades to contrast against the brilliant bluish-purple backdrop of brooding sea water.