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Get Down from There…


Get Down From There, You’re Scaring the Fish an original watercolor painting by Nicholas Santoleri

This painting has also been reproduced in a open edition, signed reproduction available in two sizes.

Get down from there, you're scaring the fishWatecolor Painting by Nicholas Santoleri

So many times, we rush through life failing to notice the details. This watercolor of turtles and fish celebrates what the untrained eye might otherwise miss: a tableau of turtles resting on logs in the river. Camouflaged to blend seamlessly into the watery surround, the scene might easily be overlooked, if not for the artist’s discerning eye.

Although he is known primarily for his landscapes, Nick Santoleri often embraces the opportunity to study and then elevate the smaller details within a scene. He then creates a little narrative of his subject, like the one pictured here. Inspired by turtles and fish seen in the canal at Manyunk, Nick’s use of watercolor became the perfect medium for recalling such a scene. He blends cool blues and greens with splashes of yellow to mimic natures’s own unerring artistry. The water gently ripples around the hungry crew. Meanwhile, a pair of fat fish lurk below the watery surface as the turtle family prepares to catch their supper.

As a young child, Nick remembers going fishing and being admonished by the older fishermen to “get down from there, you’e scaring the fish!” Here, his turtle extends a green and gold head to scold his young in similar fashion, bringing that whimsical touch so characteristic of a Santoleri creation.

Prints that focus on animal life are always a perfect choice for a child’s room, for a den or even for the bath! Bring a fanciful touch to your home by bringing a little piece of the great outdoors- indoors!


Nick Santoleri ~ Artist  |   Pine Ridge Productions, Inc.
1515 West Chester Pike Unit A-6, West Chester, PA 19382
In Historic Chester County, Pennsylvania