A second oil painting with the same technique a 'Gatekeeper', and a more detailed under-drawing. This was actually an idea I had about a year ago, that never fully coalesced in my head until now. I wanted to do something with foxes and koi, the inspiration being that the red fox has the same orange, black and white coloring as Koi. Putting them in shells, that inspiration came from Patrick Woodroffe, who created a wonderful hermit-elephant named Micky. I figured surely if there could be a hermit-elephant, how much easier would it be to fit a fox in the sea-shell? The women are some sort of aquatic life, not quite mermaids (no tails or fins) not quite hermit-people (they can easily leave their shells) but they seem to be able to fit inside shells that are too small for them. Mostly, I just like the comparison of color between the foxes and fish.