My father was a Commander in the Royal Navy and he told me many amazing stories about his adventures at sea. One stayed in mind which was the time he was in very turbulent seas and had to pilot his ship up over a 100 foot wave. This, and the memory of the Sailor's Prayer (to reach safe land) were elements which directed the shapes in this painting.
The sunlight is gilding shapes as the sky turns orange, at the top of the painting. I've slipped in abstract forms of waves, a lighthouse, and rocks, and I wanted strong colour to create a sense of tension; a pool of different burgundy, crimsons and burnt orange.
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 50 cm
Photographer: Fiona Stanbury