I have been painting some of my favourite sea creatures. My aquatic elite have been appropriately dressed in a “ruff” for the occasion. The ruff is a fancy collar that came into fashion in 16th century Europe as a symbol of wealth and power. The wide fluffy collars could use up 10 years of cloth and have been likened to the look of a severed head on a plate. Of course not all of my subjects are actually fish as the title might imply, an octopus is an invertebrate, a whale is a mammal. Oddly enough though, a seahorse is indeed a fish. Please believe me when I tell you that getting a sea creature to sit for a lengthy portrait is no simple task, getting it to wear the ruff almost impossible. Yet here is my progress.