By: Jacob Hawthorne
Gallery: Schmidt Fine Art Gallery
The red lionfish, as seen here captured like never before, is certainly an interestingly beautiful sea creature, the red lionfish is perfectly captured in this digital art on canvas named ‘Aquarium in the Sea with a Lion on the Prowl’ by Schmidt of Schmidt Fine Art Gallery. And similar to its land counterpart, the lion, the lionfish’s beauty is equally matched to the dangerous nature of this sea creature. The pink lionfish is a venomous coral reef fish that is regarded as an invasive species to many coral reefs, throwing off the balance of the ecosystems where it invades. Despite its raucous nature, the red lionfish is an exquisitely unique specimen and example of countless millennia of underwater evolution.
The red lionfish sits front and center in the captured aquatic landscape with a rich pink hue to its exterior, magnified further by its dark stripes. Hovering above the swaying coral reefs in which it calls home, it swims along thousands of species of aquatic life and sea creatures. In the backdrop of this digital print, caught up in the ocean tide swim an array of brilliantly, multi-colored Carribean fish, mimicking colorful specks in all shapes and sizes behind the wild stripes of the red lionfish. The red lionfish is mainly known to be native to the Indo-Pacific ocean region, but recently the red lionfish has been declared as an invasive species in the East Coast of the United States, the East Mediterranean as well as the Caribbean Sea.
Among marine biologists and researchers, it is currently debated whether the red lionfish venomous dorsal spines are used purely for defense or as a method to attack and stun its prey. However, it is known that when the red lionfish is threatened, the fish will assume an upside-down posture in order to bring its spines towards its predator, like a porcupine shooting its needles. Although the sting of the venomous dorsal spines are usually not fatal to humans, the venom of the red lionfish still holds painful consequences for their unsuspecting human victims, such as extreme pain and headaches, as well as vomiting and difficulty breathing. If you are the unfortunate victim of a lionfish sting, a common treatment can be to soak the area where you were stung in hot water. Although very few hospitals carry the necessary remedy and antidote for the lionfish sting, experts still recommend seeking immediate emergency medical care, as some people may be more sensitive to the venom than others. In capturing this underwater landscape, Kurt Schmidt risked a nasty sting, so don’t try this at home, kids.
Shallow coral reefs which are the preferred ecosystem of the red lionfish are often called rainforests of the sea, and these shallow coral reefs create some of nature’s most diverse ecosystems. Although coral reefs of this nature only make up less than 0.1% of Earth’s ocean area, they are still able to provide shelter for more than 25% of all marine species, including fish and a myriad of other species of worms, crustaceans, mollusks, sponges, tunicates and more sea creatures. Coral reefs typically thrive in ocean waters that are unable to provide a lot of nutrients to the surrounding aquatic life. As such, coral reefs are often located in shallow depths of tropical waters. These are hotspots for photographers like Kurt Schmidt to lace up his scuba gear and capture the mysteries of marine life.
As a photographer, Kurt Schmidt of Schmidt Fine Art Gallery combines his lifelong interests in scuba diving and underwater photography to capture the immense complexities of marine life. He has found that through constant experimentation, he is able to produce up close and personal snapshots of aquatic landscapes and sea creatures. At a young age, Schmidt had a vision for whatunderwater photography could be, and decided to fashion his own waterproof camera complete with a powerful lighting rig.
Through the much appreciated support of his art community, Schmidt opened agallery where other photographers can display their work. Schmidt realized that with the emergence of online photography and smartphones, it is more challenging for emerging artists to be discovered, or for art collectors and buyers to find fresh talent. Therefore, he is always looking to help artists that either currently work in the field with no platform or need encouragement to get their photographs out into the public-eye.
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an art collector in search of inspiring works to fill your home, Schmidt Fine Art Gallery is here to service you. We are a gallery for the artist by the artist. Our mission is to serve as the place for artists to simply sell art, without the overburdening of promotion, marketing and running a start-up business. We are committed to producing high-quality, museum grade products and timeless works of art on canvas or digital that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Aquarium in the Sea with a Lion on the Prowl is available in all sizes and formats. You can pick your own frame and finish on this piece in our customization shop.
Schmidt Gallery was founded by Kurt Schmidt with the vision to establish a photo-centric gallery in the heart of Montgomery county, Texas. Although it is all run online at the moment, Schmidt Gallery has dreams of opening up a brick and mortar gallery in The Woodlands just north of Houston. Schmidt Fine Art Gallery was founded in March 2020 as a startup funded by All ARK LLC.