Nautilus shell

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Watercolour of Nautilus shell, Róisín Curé

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Limited edition print (200). Watercolour area 276 x 203 mm. This painting of a Nautilus shell was made in 1995.

This was part of an exhibition of fossils from a collection in the James Mitchell Museum, National University of Ireland, Galway. The inside of the nautilus was covered in a thick layer of mother-of-pearl, and I painted that too, but it sold before I had a chance to make a record of it. Although not a fossil, the nautilus was included in the collection to provide a comparison with extinct relatives, such as ammonites, which were also on display in the museum. I find shells quite challenging to paint but they can be very beautiful if well executed.