Cloudy Bay was the name of my father's boat and this painting was the first from my "Ash Blooms in the Blackwater" series. The paintings came about as a response to the death of my father in August 2017. The title of the project is born from the process of scattering his ashes in the Blackwater a river that runs out into the River Clyde through the small village Blackwaterfoot on the Isle of Arran.
It was here my father would moor his boat Cloudy Bay and would often land his catch of lobster, crab, pollock and mackerel. My mum would say the sea was his spiritual home, so it seemed fitting that this would be the place to scatter his ashes.