The lower part of this etching is monochrome: it depicts a ship under construction and three cranes alongside, which may represent the active ship-building industry on the Clyde. The upper part has more ghostly aspect: it depicts a selection of boats and cranes in pale blue: it may represent the present state of the industry as a ghost of its old self.
Mary Louise Couloris was born in New York, July 1939, but obtained her Diploma at the Slade School of Art in London, specialising in Printmaking. Later a French Government Scholarship took her to Paris, where she developed her own colour etching technique. Mary Louise moved to Linlithgow, Scotland in 1976 with her husband and two children, where she continued her work as a printmaker, painter and muralist. She passed away in December 2011.