This artwork is inspired in my partner's uncle John, who unfortunately died of cancer few years ago. John was a fisherman, and fishing was his passion as well as his job.
When the doctors detected cancer in his body, he was fixing a boat he bought when he retired, in which he wanted to spend long enjoyable times sailing the sea. He was so obsessed with finishing it that he even asked the doctor if he had enough time ahead to finish it. Fatality didn't support the cause, and John died leaving the ship resting in the port, unfinished.
As a tribute, I painted the picture of how we want to think about him. Sailing peacefully in calm waters, enjoying endless time with his boat (the boat painted is the one he was working on). We can't see him, as in real life, but we can feel is there, somewhere in the immense sea.
I think all of us have an uncle John, like my partner's, in our life. And this painting is a tribute to all of them, so when we look at it we can think about them, bring back memories and feel, for a moment, that they never departed.
This is a very captivating artwork. If you look closely, you can see images and optical illusions formed by the water waves as well as the rocks. You will always find something new in it, depending on the direction you are looking from, or even depending on the person who is looking. It also has glitter to simulate the sparkling sea.
A2, pencil pastel, pastel and glitter
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