When I was a tiny girl many decades ago, my dad would read me a book about evolution which had pictures of all the wonderful creatures of Galapagos. It’s the place which inspired Charles Darwin to understand natural selection – the mechanism of evolution. The images in this book and my father’s enthusiasm and curiosity about the natural world stayed with me. It was a lifelong ambition to visit the ‘Enchanted Isles’,and finally in December 2016 I visited the archipelago, 600 miles west of Ecuador.
As a long time painter of maps, my Map of Galapagos was inevitable!
My painting shows some of the birds, reptiles and fish that can be found there. The source material I used for many of the creatures depicted in my painting are from my husband Moth’s wonderful photography, so these are actual creatures we saw.
Charles Darwin spent 5 weeks exploring Galapagos in 1835 on HMS Beagle, which is depicted, as is the little boat that we explored the islands on.
For those of us lucky enough to have visited these islands, this painting will remind you of your adventures.
Prints of this original painting are available elsewhere.
watercolour and acrylic inks