This painting is highly inspired by the captivating beauty of swans. It's been a while since I did an underwater painting, and I wanted to get back to painting these. The choice to paint a swan is near to my heart, as swans not only have such strong spirited symbolism of love, but these are also part of my namesake.
I still love the way "Kingfisher Dive" was produced, so I tried to implement similar techniques in creating this piece with the background. I started with painting the body of the swan and used a mix of pure black and white. I love the way the shadows play off of the long neck of the swan, and I loved being able to convey more depth under the surface of the water.