A few months back this order of 4 huge custom Swordfish Bill’s came in from up in Boston fresh off a commercial boat for Sunny’s Seafood Pier 1 Boston, Ma. I got free range to do whatever I saw fit on the bills and shadow boxes. From natural Bone polished and classical ink drawings to fully primed and painted scens depicting Swordfish and Squids. The biggest Bill Measured 52″ long and almost 6″ wide at the base, from about a 750+ lb fish caught up on George’s Bank, that bill actually made the one from the 400 lb fish look small!! I always love painting Swordfish Bills because it is a natural trophy, and carries a story of battle between Man andf Fisherman, also reminding me of my own battles with these brutes.
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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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“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!