During my travels around the coastal regions of the British Isles and beyond, I have had the pleasure to indulge myself in my love of harbours and estuaries. While I can’t help feeling a level of melancholic regret for an air of decay in many of our seaside villages and resorts, there is much of nostalgic interest as many features seem to have been abandoned to slowly disappear from view. Rotting jetties and rusting piers somehow stand as focal points of considerable aesthetic appeal for artists and photographers.
My painting of the man walking across a high bridge overlooking an almost deserted Sunderland Docks area reminds me of my youth and student days. Of my paintings of the West Pier at Brighton (just before the great fire), the one shown above was bought by the Brighton West Pier Trust and reproduced in their fund-raising efforts.