Drawn to the North

2015–present

On June 18 2015, I set sail from Penryn with the crew of ‘ezra’, a 44’ wooden Pilot Cutter, heading for the Arctic.

The Protecting Veil

The Protecting Veil

We visited the Faroes and Iceland en route for Scoresbysund in East Greenland.

Never having sailed before, I learnt to crew whilst recording the journey as official expedition artist. I took photos and sketched life on board in my carnets de voyage.

Here you can see a series of new paintings inspired by the voyage. The privilege of seeing the Arctic has changed the way I view the world forever and has had a profound influence on my work. I am still trying to come to terms with the astonishing beauty and fragility of the region and its simultaneous strength and resilience.

My paintings aim to convey some of these feelings, but also a broader narrative about loss, memory, impermanence and our relationship with our world.