August 2009

"Emerald Sea"

The Cutty Sark in full sail

Work in Progress


I've long wanted to paint one of the beautiful tea clippers of the 19th century. They were designed to be fast, to get the precious cargo of tea back to Europe before it went bad and before anyone else. Whoever got back first with the new crop could expect huge profits and so competition was fierce.

Of all the tea clippers built during the 19th century, the Cutty Sark is the last remaining and is now permanently docked at Greenwich, London, as this recent photo shows.

Every marine artist has painted this ship, it's unavoidable. Grace, beauty and power, the Cutty Sark epitomizes the glory days of sail and the lure of the ocean.