I’m very excited that my work Rarely Seen & Dangerous has been selected
as a finalist in the Mission to Seafarers Maritime Art Award of 2020.
This is the fourth time I have been selected in this award – so I’m feeling very lucky!
This year there were 200 entries, of which 107 were selected as finalists. As this exhibition stems from Victoria,
it’s solely an online exhibition, as was the presentation night. All went smoothly.
The winners were announced last night and I was Highly Commended for my work!
Thrilled for the second time – and a wonderful surprise for me, as I have never received one of these before!
This painting now has even more meaning in relation to the work that The Mission do, because I have since learned
that the sailor sitting in the Bosun’s Chair has been stuck at sea for 11 months, like many seafarers now languishing
in limbo due to Covid. They can’t crew change and it’s becoming something of a humanitarian crisis.
The good news is his ship sailed for Australia yesterday (award-night) and is swinging by the Philippines
to crew change, as they can’t fly out of anywhere.
The exhibition continues until 25 November. See the exhibition here.