Animals - and other wonders of the natural world - from four continents were 'captured' and exhibited at the City Hall last week. Over 130 original wildlife paintings from 60 award-winning artists in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America were on display in the 'Wonders of Nature'. The show was aimed at raising greater awareness of wildlife and wilderness in Hong Kong. It was organised by Mondiale Fine Arts and Treasures and World Wide Fund for Nature Hong Kong. The artists included internationally known figures, such as Michael Coleman, Rod Frederick, Michael Dumas, and John Seerey-Lester. Several of the artists were present. The collection showed wildlife from the arctic terrain of Alaska, the wilderness of North America, the tropical rain forests of South America, and the bush savannah of Africa. The most expensive painting, showing an eagle, was Seerey-Lester's Morning Call, which cost $256,000. Some of the most striking paintings were scenes of the underwater world, painted by the Canadian artist Mark Hobson. Living in close proximity to the Pacific Ocean allows him to explore the green ocean. 'That's my niche, that's what makes my work distinctive from the other above-ground paintings!' Hobson joked. The artist compared birds flying through the forests to sea creatures swimming among water plants. 'You have to capture the sense of swimming,' he said, pointing at a harlequin duck swimming through strands of kelp in one of his paintings. The most difficult part of underwater scene painting is to capture the play of light on the fish and sea plants, the artist said. In the case of one of his paintings, the artist said he had never seen a whale in the sea at close quarters, and had to use his imagination and art expertise 'to splash light on the skin of the creature'. Bubbles and light patterns were what made the paintings come alive, he said. Another of the featured artists present was Kayomi Harai, a Japanese painter who specialises in water colours of big cats - tigers. 'The eyes of the animals are very important,' Harai said. 'They capture the emotions of the animal.'