As usual with most things, ‘Patience is a Virtue’. I went outside of my usual technique here and “Dry-Cured” this Swordfish Bill that my friend caught back in 2009! Dry Curing allows the natural oils to penetrate the bone and eventually completely dry out, after polishing it leaves a beautiful natural coloring to the Bone. The bill was finaly ready for prep this year. I converted an old cabinet face into the ‘plaque’ for the bill, and painted the scene onto it, which floats about 2″ off the wall. The scene here depicts the tough midnight battle with the 72″ (roughly 200lb) fish, lit up under the blue glow of the Hydroglow at the surface. The fish is about to meet his maker.
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My good friends over at Nomad Surfshop Commissioned the art on these Surfboards. Always a pleasure to work with friends. The boards will be on display and for sale at Nomad Surfshop. It was nice to get back into painting some boards again. Another friend of mine commissioned his new one just before these were finished as well, click the thumbnails below to view full size.
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Special thanks to Nomad Surfshop 4655 N Ocean Boulevard Boynton Beach, FL 33435 (On A1A North of Delray Beach.)
“Linesider’s Lunch” (Summer Snook) .
Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas. 16″ x 20″
Copyright 2012 Peter Agardy . Sale Pending.
Signed and Numbered Gicle prints availabe.
This painting has been on deck for far to long, the 3rd and latest in my new small size inshore series! Finally finished it just in time for the Snook to start hunting the beaches again! Inspired by countless hours of stalking these shallow water hunters off of the beaches and flats in and around South Florida during our long hot summers. From live baiting to fly fishing, who Snook offer action packed slamming hits, strong fights, and aerial dislpays making them one of my favorite inshore fish to land by boat or shoreline. I can’t wait to cruise and walk the pristine shorelines in the coming months of late Spring and Summer! Tight Lines!!
“A Dance with the King”
Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas
Copyright. Peter Agardy. 2012
SOLD. Signed and numbered Gicle Canvas and Paper prints available. Contact for ordering.
The setting of this Tarpon painting can really be interpreted into any shallow water mangrove live baiting scenario, for me however it is looking to the Southeast towards Cayo Costa’s Eastern shoreline inside of Boca Grande pass. For many years for me it was only a 10 min run from dad’s dock on Gasparilla Island to the pass. We learned the traditional style of fishing in the pass, practiced only by a few remaining purist live bait fisherman and guides in that area today. Heavy tackle to land fish quickly and Live bait ensures less pressure and lesser kill rates on the fish as well. This Silver King is breaching the surface and trying to shake the hook as they so often do! As the water and weather warms up I am getting really excited to head back to the area and explore many of the diverse surroundings and styles of fishing the area offers.
I just got back from doing this mural in Houston Tx. for my Dad. I grew up fishing and surfing the waters of Florida and the Bahamas for one reason, Dad shared this passion with us from the time we (brother and I) were born. Fishing with Dad and my brother throughout the years has taught me everything I have learned to appreciate, and do as an angler. From the flats of Harbour Island Bahamas when I was 3 yrs old, Dad’s old Hatteras “Lady Margaret’ at the Cove fishing out front for my first Sailfish, to the Mountain creeks and rivers of Montana, To the Silver Sailfish Derbies we fished our hardest on, to the father’s day Boca Grande Guides Tarpon Tournaments. This Mural is for you Dad. Enjoy a little piece of your home of Florida out in Texas! Image Gallery Below
“Bull’s on Parade” . Acrylic and Enamel on Canvas . 16″ x 20″ . SOLD (Prints Available)
I had an epic trip down to the Everglades/Flamingo area last month with Capt. Steven Tejera, and good friend Steve Dougherty of Florida Sportfishing Magazine. The trip was overwhelmingly inspiring and I had to get on the canvas to depict this everglades underwater scene. We caught over a dozen reds, Snook, Trout and Sheepshead all day! Capt. Tejera knows the area like the back of his hand having grown up on those waters. You can read about the trip in the 5pg headlining article in the latest issue of Florida Sport Fishing Magazine on Shelves now! A special thanks to both Capt Steve’s on this one!!
Fellow artist and friend, Douglas Hoekzema has been painting the Delray Beach Tennis Stadium Court walls for the past 5 years for the upcoming annual ATP International Tennis Championship at the end of Feburary , and had recently invited me to collaborate with him for the 3rd time. This time Doug and I put our heads together on how to mesh our styles into one piece. You may have guessed that my areas are represented by the Sailfish, flying fish, Tarpon, and the other baitfish ( Sardine type) . Doug’s Unique style and imagery is uncomparable to any other artist I know, and I had the pleasure to highlight my work with his. The Collaboration took us only 4 days from start to finish, battling the elements the whole time. It was a blast as always! Special thanks to John Butler, Doug Hoekzema, and the City of Delray. More Pictures below….
Good friend of Mine Capt Ben Espinoza of Delray Beach made this custom shadow box for this sword bill I recently painted…
It is made from original old barnwood, stained and distressed for a nice rustic look to contrast the crisp fisnish of the Bill itself. The Bill rests snug on two, no slip pegs so the veiwer may pick up the bill itself. Email and questions or for possible commission of your own Bill : info@Peteragardyfineart.com
“Pooned at Noon” Acrylic and Enamel on Swordfish Bill. 46″ length 4.5″ wide (max) The backside is sanded down to the bone, buffed, and stained.
It was great to paint another Swordfish Bill after not having done so 5 yrs or so. “Team Scales Gear” commissioned the preservation and painting of this swordy bill off of their 91″ fish (Approx 460lbs according to measurments) caught in Sept 2011. Unfortunately I wasn’t on the boat for this brute, as we missed em the trip before, , but needless to say I was stoked to get the call at the dock! I painted the scene that the crew describes in story, and the photos my good friend Steve Dougherty took Documenting the trip; of the fish battling till the end after being harpooned just under the surface. The fish was caught during the day using standard deep drop technique brought up from 1600 ft + . After experiencing these fish boated in the day it is a whole new take on the Beast! Enjoy some of Steve’s photos from that day! Stay tuned for more Bills on there way!
One of a kind Hand cast and painted reproduction Swordfish tails. Molded from Team Scales 91 incher Sept.10th 2011. The tails are cast using a heavy solid plastic resin. Then taken from the mold and primed in metallic Chrome paint,( then one secret “proprietary” step is applied), then colors are then applied and a final gloss clearcoat is applied for looks and durability. The tails each come out slightly defferent in color giving each one its own character and reflection when held in the light. The smooth side can also have intricate designs painted on it (coming soon!). These tails are 36″ across and weigh approx. 3.5 lbs and can be put anywhere from the coffee table to mounted on a wall plaque. Please feel free to contact for questions and/or ordering.