‘Treasure Island’ might seem an inappropriate title for this decidedly non-tropical scene, but I chose it deliberately. It is not the only painting I’ve made based on this location. It is the island of Muckle Flugga, just off Hermaness on the northwest of the Isle of Unst, the northernmost of the inhabited British Isles. There’s a lighthouse on the island. The author, Robert Louis Stevenson's father and uncle were design engineers for the lighthouse. The great Stevenson himself visited Unst, and the island is claimed to be the basis for the map of the fictional Treasure Island. I choose to totally believe this story. I removed the lighthouse to give more prominence to the seagull.


      27” x 23” (68 x 59 cm)

Acrylic on gessoed panel


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