I am inspired by the sublime nature of the sea. It is both beautiful and terrible; an ever changing landscape ranging from terrifying storms which raise up waves like mountains, to infuriating calm waters which stop sailors for weeks on end. It is a place with nothing else to cling to except hope and faith: As the saying goes, there are no Atheists at sea.
Lost is a body of work inspired by the 1969 Sunday Times Golden Globe race, to be the first person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop. The work looks to the anchor as the Christian symbol of hope.
Lost (Anchor). Anchor. 2011
Lost. Acrylic on canvas. 2011
This series of work is inspired by the Virgin Mary as the Christian embodiment of the sea. The sea is both beautiful and terrifying, with incredible storms, and an ever morphing landscape, which causes sailors to pray to God and the Virgin Mary to get them through their journey.
The work draws on Christian symbolism related to the sea, as well as the symbolism traditionally used to depict the Virgin Mary, under the guise of Stella Maris.
Stella Maris (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 2012
Stella Maris. Acrylic on canvas. 2012
Stella Maris Box. Mixed media. 2012