Released as a limited edition of 100 numbered & signed fine art digital reproductions
"Black Sands" depicts one of our famous west coast beaches, Karekare, which means "rough sea" in Maori, located just south of Piha not far from Auckland city.As with much of my work, I used photographic reference, and I took the shot for this study at around six o'clock in the evening in late May. There are no roads to the beach at Karekare and you get there by foot through the sand dunes, which lends an extra quality of solitude to its rugged expansiveness. I knew at the time that this place, with its brooding clouds, black sands and scintillating sunset over the rough surf, would make an excellent painting.
Detail featuring a solitary gull skimming over the shallows
Built up slowly with many thin glazes over the underpinning colours to create a quality of glowing translucence, the work took around three hundred hours to complete.
"Black Sands" is thematically a complementary painting to "Whangapoua Dawn", which features white sands at dawn on the east coast of the Coromandel.
"Black Sands" has been released as a limited edition of one hundred numbered and signed digital reproductions on canvas. The quality of these reproductions is so high as to be virtually indistinguishable from the original, and they have a lab-tested life, under normal indoor conditions, of more than seventy-five years.
on a stretched canvas with the image wrapped around the edge
Size: approximately 800mm x 530mm (31½" x 21")