Christian's work is concerned with water in nature, namely rivers, streams, waterfalls, waves, pools and lakes. In this particular work watercolour is loosely applied in naturalistic blues and greens to depict a deep pool in which a gentle ripple spreads out. The deep blue/green of the pool contrasts with the sandstone coloured rocks visible just below the surface.
Up close, the work appears to dissolve into almost abstract pools of colour and shade with some dry brushwork in the rocks and ripples giving added visual interest. Standing back again, the image of the submerged rocks becomes more realistic and recognisable. This is a contemplative work instilling a calming, meditative effect in the viewer.
Born in 1937, Christian Wharton received an M.A. from St. Andrews University after which she studied art at La Grande Chaumiere in Paris and etching at Regent Street Polytechnic in London. She has written and illustrated a book, 'Painting Water in Watercolour' (David & Charles, 2003) and has had several exhibitions in London. Her work can also be found in other hospitals and hospices such as St. Mary's, Paddington and University College Hospital, London.