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painting of bluehead wrasse

Gwenn Seemel
You can’t change a woman (Bluehead wrasse)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

Besides these bluehead wrasse, I painted lots of fish for this series, including this enormous marlin and this tiny seahorse. For more about the making of this painting, watch this vlog. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

And girls can become boys.

Some male bluehead wrasse stay male throughout their lives, and some females stay female, while other females become males. The males who started out as female are the largest of the three genders and also the fish that give this species its name.