The white cliffs of Dover have been painted many times by many artists in many different ways. They are such a spectacular subject with that white chalk stone, especially when the sun shines on them! But I think that another factor plays a role here too: on the National Trust website dedicated to the cliffs, they are described “as an iconic landmark, the white chalk face a symbol of home and war time defence”. And, for many Brits living abroad, they are a symbol of just that, home.
As a Scot, it´s a long way from the south coast of England to my home, and yet, for me too, there is something special about these white cliffs, as they are the first thing you see when you reach the British Isles after crossing the channel from the continent. On the way to a very special family occasion – the wedding of my niece – Kate, in a country church in the south of England, I saw this view as the ferry neared the port of Dover. The sun was shining on the cliffs and on the turquoise water and above it were dark, thundery clouds. I wanted to paint it but, of course I had no time to set up my easel and so this painting was done later from memory and photographs.
There was a thunderstorm on our way to the little village where we were all meeting up in a country hotel and when we arrived at our destination, it was raining so hard that we couldn´t get out of the car at first. Oh – poor Kate, we thought – for her wedding! However, the next day was a perfect warm and sunny spring day for Kate and Pete´s romantic wedding in the old stone church surrounded by blossoming trees and everyone in their wedding finery.
So for me, this painting will always be the painting of the trip to Kate´s wedding.
This unique artwork is sold mounted and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.