This is my latest piece, Let Her Drift. I completed it last night and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. As I sit here, escaping the heat, it occurred to me that I've painted quite a few pieces with boats in them. Then I wondered, why is that? I mean I'm no sailor, I've, of course, been in a boat or two but those instances are few and far between. That being said, having been brought up on the East Coast, the sea is a huge part of my life and who I am, if not outwardly, certainly inside. Some of my favourite childhood memories are of family vacations on Grand Manan, a wonderfully idyllic little island community in New Brunswick. We'd eat fresh seafood, and I'd play outside, exploring the coast, collecting seashells and cool rocks along the way. Just thinking about it makes me smile.
It's funny the things you miss when you don't have them any more. Before we moved, the ocean was never more than an hour or two away. When I needed a fix of that wonderful cleansing cool salty air or the beautiful shoreline, we could just hop in the car and be transported to paradise. Now not so much. I sure would like to be on the water today. Actually, one of the things I'm most looking forward to in Barcelona, aside from the opportunity to take part in the exhibition, is to be able to experience the beautiful blue Mediterranean! Until then, I can't go to the ocean, but I carry it with me every day, in my heart and in my paint.