This work is inspired by the McPhail's memories of a short stay in the Western Isles. She was particularly interested in depicting the colours and moods of the landscape which she experienced there. In this semi-abstract image shades of warm yellow, turquoise, blue and white oil paint are applied as thin washes, overlaying one another in waves, smears and swirls.
Loose, expressive runs of paint in vibrant blue hues swirl across the canvas from left to right, blending naturally together like oil on the surface of water, portraying a calm and inviting sea which is also full of visual detail and interest. Further thin lines of paint are sketched freely across the surface of the canvas, suggesting the movement of the water.
As the viewer's eye moves up the image this captivating sea calms to a clear and distant horizon where it meets a peaceful deep blue sky. This painting is open and inviting to look at, embodying a restful world which is nevertheless full of possibilities.
Ann McPhail is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. This painting is part of a body of work made as an expression of a period of healing from and out of, depression. Ann was born in 1969 and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee between 1990 and 1995. She also taught at the college part-time from 1992 until she graduated and took art therapy classes at Anton House Day Centre in Dundee. She exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy student exhibition and the Duncan of Jordanstone Degree show in 1995 and received the Ian Eadie Award in the same year. Her work has been featured in both public and private collections.