1.2m x 1m  acrylic and mixed media on linen canvas 

Artist Statement

Inspired by the book The Pacific:  In the Wake of Captain Cook

“Most of the voices we hear on Pacific are indigenous and for me that’s important.  The other side has been told so often – it’s so familiar.  Cook comes along and plants a flag followed by all the benefits of European settlement.   In the end it wasn’t just that he changed the Pacific… the Pacific also changed him.  He became a man of the Pacific.”    Sam Neill 

Colourful masks and totems create an idealised portrait of island life yet the people of the Pacific Islands and many Carribbean islanders live on the knife’s edge of climate change : hurricanes, rising seawater, mountains of plastic rubbish and food security.

Using exaggerated stylization faces appear in totem-like stillness.

Part of a series inspired by and painted on board Sailing Boat “Island Girl” 

 H2O OCEAN, BEACH ,HARBOUR ,COVE how we live by the sea.