Cetacean: Fieldwork

These paintings explore the often seconded guessed experience of seeing a whale at sea. I often find myself scanning the water for signs of whales. I will see a ripple or a dark shape out of the corner of my eye… but then it is gone. Was that whale? Or a submerged log? Even when a whale passes by unmistakably, once it is out of sight the mind starts to question if it was really there. Whales are mysterious creatures. I use either scientific photographs or my memory as source material for these pieces.  

There Leviathan, Hugest of living creatures, in the deep Stretched like a promontory sleeps or swims, And seems a moving land; and at his gills Draws in, and at his breath spouts out a sea. John Milton, Paradise Lost (lines 412-416)