Heading in: Svitzer Tug Waratah on Sydney Harbour

Title: Heading in: Svitzer Tug Waratah on Sydney Harbour

Year of execution: 2020

Size (image area): 48 x 85 cm. (approx. 18.8 x 33.4 inches)

Technical data: Watercolour with pastel highlights on 850 gsm Arches (France) 640 gsm cold pressed, rough watercolour paper.

 

Travelling by ferry close behind the Svitzer Waratah, I was intrigued to see a boat designed to safely pilot cargo freighters and passenger liners in and out of the world’s waterways.

As it manoeuvred through the water I was captivated with the tumble and spray of waves in the wake of this elegant vessel.

We are endlessly captivated by the sensory pleasure that boats provide: sails reflected on sunlit waters, storm clouds gathering around the solitary lighthouse, the rattle & clang of a passing freighter, the scent of freshly varnished timbers in a boat shed, the feel of salt spray from the deck of a yacht, the roll and thrum of a harbour ferry, or the freshly caught fish from a trawler.

Whether we are conscious of it or not, something in our vast collective wealth of seafaring knowledge is embedded in the human psyche. Even the simple art of folding paper into a boat is learned in childhood, and we are as mesmerised by the art of the ship-in-a-bottle as with the sound of sea in a shell.

Our shared communion with boats connects us in so many ways.

My desire as visual artist is to capture something of the sights, sounds and stories that surround our working harbours and waterways. And through this lens, I have also come to appreciate the vanishing maritime heritage of my own city of Sydney, Australia.

 

Artist: Victoria Kitanov

  • ARTWORK INFO

     

    Title: Heading in: Svitzer Tug Waratah on Sydney Harbour

    Year of execution: 2020

    Size (image area): 48 x 85 cm. (approx. 18.8 x 33.4 inches)

    Technical data: Watercolour with pastel highlights on 850 gsm Arches (France) 640 gsm cold pressed, rough watercolour paper.

     

  • ARTIST INFO

    Victoria Kitanov

     

    Last year I said “YES!” to the Universe, took a leap of faith and committed to working for myself as a fulltime Artist. A creative business is a continual and frequently steep learning curve, and I can’t say it’s all been plain sailing, but it is fulfilling to follow my heart, soul and passion as a visual storyteller.

     

    My creative career began in the early 1980s as a commercial artist and children’s book illustrator, and these roots are still evident in my artwork today.

     

    In my lifetime, I’ve been employed in many fields, including library, information and archival practice, but my creative direction toward marine art comes from the many years I worked for the Royal Australian Navy and the Navy’s Heritage Collection.

    I only wish I had another lifetime to capture the sights, sounds and stories that surround the world’s working harbours and waterways. And through this lens, I have also come to appreciate the vanishing maritime heritage of my own city of Sydney, Australia.

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