Oil on Italian linen, approx. 112cm x 105cm
As part of the Wildlife Trusts Undersea Art Award, given to me in 2015, I learnt to scuba dive and I produced a series of sketches and paintings from the experience.
My dives were centred along the north east coast of Northumberland in or near a proposed new Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). Atlantic or grey seals are commonly found along this stretch of coast and were encountered on several ocassions. They are very inquisitive of divers and often approach extremely close, even touching with their flippers. A particular game they seem to enjoy is to playfully tug at divers’ swimming fins, which can be a little off-putting!
I sketched these seals off St Mary’s Island, just north of Newcastle.