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The Return Of The Whale

The Return Of The Whale

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I dream of seeing this - the return of whales to the waters around the Isle of Wight. Not so long ago, in the lives of our great grandparents, whales were a common sight and were even hunted in the Solent.

In the painting I've imagined a Fin Whale breaching with the Needles lighthouse behind. Lit by a crescent moon,  you can also make out St. Catherine's and Hurst Lighthouses in the background.

The picture began life as a big messy watercolour, which I then rework in photoshop. 

In 2016, after an absence of 25 years, dolphins returned to the island, and living in Ventnor it makes me happy seeing them every summer.  Large whales are being seen again more frequently off Cornwall now, with occasional sightings off the South Devon coast just 100 miles away. 

How great would it be if we could look after our seas just that little bit better and allow the whales to return? One day we might take our kids on a whale watching trip out of Cowes....


We build everything ourselves in the gallery. The photograph is printed on the very best archival matte canvas and then left flat to dry for a few days. The great thing about a matte finish with no glass is that you have no distracting glare or reflections. It's a much more direct experience.

Whilst the print is drying we can get on with making the stretcher frame and the tray frame that the finished canvas will drop into. The tray frame is then hand painted.

Next the canvas is stretched over the stretcher frame. After that, we carefully paint the canvas edges with several coats of the same paint used on the tray frame, so they match perfectly. Then we assemble the canvas and frame, put a hanging wire on the back, and attach a Certificate of Authenticity. Finally Neil signs the piece front and back adding the title and edition number.

We use the very best materials, and I would expect my pictures to look exactly the same in 100 years. They won't fade in our lifetime. 


This picture is available as a framed stretched canvas, and comes in two sizes as detailed below. A shipping charge of £35 is added at checkout.

Large Stretched Canvas Framed in a White Tray Frame: £475

Limited Edition of 150

Framed Size 122cm by 71cm (canvas 114cm cm by 63cm)

XL Stretched Canvas Framed in White Tray Frame: £675

Limited Edition of 50

Framed Size is 163cm by 93cm  (canvas size is 155cm by 85cm).


Canvases can be rolled and shipped abroad unframed. Please get in touch for a quote.

Feel free to call Neil on 07957 473693 with any more questions, or email us at 

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