Underwater Marine Life Paintings by Donna Schaffer
Go to Artist's Resume Slideshow of Paintings

Original Oil Paintings of Underwater Marine Life
by Donna Schaffer

Click here to see my SeaStar Paintings!

Sea Surge in the Kelp Forest
Sea Surge in the Kelp Forest
48"Wide x 24"High
original oil painting available
prints available



Click on any picture to ZOOM
Clownfish - Amphiprion ocellaris oil painting
Nemo's Cousin in the Solomon Islands
Clownfish - Amphiprion ocellaris
30"Wide x 24"High
original oil painting available
Giant Purple Sea Star
Giant Purple Sea Star
24"Wide x 24"High
original oil painting available
prints available
Rainbow Starfish
Rainbow Starfish in Monterey Bay
(Orthasterias Koehleri)
20"Wide x 20"High
original oil painting available
prints available
Featured on the cover of California Diving News
Click here for more info.

Ling Cod in the Kelp - Oil Painting
Ling Cod in the Kelp
36"Wide x 60"High
original oil painting available
California Kelp - Oil Painting
California Kelp
36"Wide x 60"High
original oil painting available
Giant Kelp I - Oil Painting
Giant Kelp I
18"Wide x 36"High
original oil painting available
Giant Kelp II- Oil Painting
Giant Kelp II
18"Wide x 36"High
original oil painting available
Harbor Seal in Monterey Bay Kelp
Harbor Seal in Monterey Bay Kelp
28"Wide x 32"High
original oil painting available
Featured on the cover of
California Diving News
Click here for more info.

Spider Crab Oil Painting
Spider Crab in Monterey Bay
24"Wide x 22"High
original oil painting available
Harbor Seal in Rocks
Harbor Seal in Undersea Rocks
24"Wide x 22"High
original oil painting available
Oil Portrait of a Harbor Seal
Portrait of a Harbor Seal
24"Wide x 24"High
original oil painting available
Rock Crab and Strawberry Anemones
Rock Crab and Strawberry Anemones
18"Wide x 24"High
original oil painting available
Hydrocoral in Monterey Bay Oil Painting
California Hydrocoral in Monterey Bay
16"Wide x 16"High
original oil painting available
prints available
Green Anemones in the Rock of Monterey Bay
Green Anemones in the Rocks of Monterey Bay
49"Wide x 21"High
tryptych on three canvases
original oil painting available

Click on any picture to ZOOM
Cabezon in the Kelp Holdfasts
Cabezon in the Kelp Holdfasts
32"Wide x 28"High
original oil painting available
Masking Crab in Deep Water
Masking Crab in Deeper Water
20" x 20"
original oil painting available
Rockfish in Monterey Bay
Blue Rockfish in Monterey Bay
40"Wide x 30"High
original oil painting available
prints available

Original Oil Paintings of
Scuba Diving Adventures
by Donna Schaffer

Looking Up at the Boat
Looking Up at the Boat
48"Wide x 36"High
oil painting on linen covered birch panel
original oil painting available

Click on any picture to ZOOM
Last Dive Oil Painting
Last Dive
24"Wide x 30"High
oil painting on canvas
original oil painting available

Click on any picture to ZOOM


Click on any picture to ZOOM


  Oil Painting of Encounter with a Humpback Whale Mother and Calf
Encounter with a Humpback Whale Mother and Calf
From a trip to the Silver Banks (between Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos Islands)
28"Wide x 22"High
original oil painting available
prints available
  Shark's Dinner Oil Painting by Donna Schaffer
Shark's Dinner?
From a trip to Papua New Guinea
near New Britain Island

40"Wide x 30"High
original oil painting available
prints available

For more info contact the artist: Donna Schaffer 707-328-5281 or dsscha@hotmail.com

With this body of marine life oil paintings, all created since 2001, I am endeavoring to recreate the images, colors, and shadows of the undersea world as I've seen it. However, these paintings are not "copies" of my undersea photos. I adjust the lighting angles to counteract the effect of strobe lighting, or I remove the artificial light completely and give the painting an underwater feel where shadows are barely evident and contrast is low. Settings are based on reality, I won't create a school of "pretty fish" in a species that never schools. I won't mix marine life into a setting that wouldn't occur. In my painting technique, I don't strive for picture-perfect realism, in fact, many of the paintings work well as abstracts too.

The silver thread is that these paintings are meant to resonate with scuba divers and marine biologists. Many paintings are planned for this Northern California series, and with each dive I go on, I have more subjects I wish to paint!Artist's Statement Click the "About the Artist" button for more information on this series of paintings. You can contact me, Donna Schaffer at 707-328-5281 or e-mail me at dsscha@hotmail.com.

Copyright © 2002-2013 by Donna S. Schaffer
All rights reserved.
All images on this website are copyrighted!


Some related links you can visit if you wish

Institute of Underwater Art

 

Artist Directory
Artist Directory

 

 

Art Directory
Art Directory