|I loved the beautiful iridescent colours and distinctive black spots of this fish. I live in Cellardyke in the East Neuk of Fife. Once a thriving fishing community, in the 19th century over 200 boats filled the tiny harbour. I chose a fish to represent this unique local history.
I learnt that the Twait Shad’s numbers have decreased significantly partly due to river obstructions such as dams. Twait Shad swim upriver to spawn, similar to Salmon. Although dams often have ‘fish friendly’ structures, such as the famous Fish Ladder at Pitlochry, Twait Shad are too small to use them.
I painted the Twait Shad in watercolour, adding pencil and ink to add highlights and fun textures.