Ocean Permit is an oil on canvas painting that I completed a few years ago. This image is based on a photo that I took while visiting a giant aquarium in Nassau in the Bahamas. The colors were so blue, the light was coming from above and the angle was not an angle you would normally see a school of permit. I kept this image a long time before I actually began to paint it, just waiting for when I had time on my schedule and when I had a feeling for how I was going to go about painting it. I always struggle with painting in a looser style and this was a perfect opportunity to try throwing some ideas around. Ocean Permit was recently selected to be included into the prestigious 19th Annual American Society of Marine Artist (ASMA) show in New York. The painting is for sale but won’t be available until December of 2024.