Artist: Jerry Venditti
Dimensions: 20" x 30"
Media: natural pigment oil on unbleached Belgium linen; mounted in a handmade museum quality gilt frame
Artist's Description: Female (larger) and male Clownfish (Amphiprion percula), Papua New Guinea. The reason you can't find Nemo is that he transmogrified into Naiomi. Clownfish tend to live in pairs upon poisonous Anemones, to which they are immune. The female is always larger than the male and he is subservient to her. When the female dies, the male transmogrifies into a female and attracts a new male. That's why you can't find Nemo. If we don't stop carbon emissions, it is estimated that by the end of this century all coral reefs will be extinct, along with the clown fish they sustain. Then we will never be able to find Nemo nor Naiomi.