This painting, like addiction itself, is very tricky. It’s eye-catching from a distance, but you don’t really get the full force of it until you get really close. It is a statement both about the visual appeal that draws people into something that can become addictive and about the hidden costs… which are usually far more than just financial.
The “inspiration fish” for this painting was a dragon fish. Dragonfish actually emit a glow that both allows them to see predators and attracts prey to them. I’ve made use of a lot of iridescent paint in this piece, alluding to that dangerous beauty.