Celebrated painter Barbara Rae CBE RA FRSE studied in Edinburgh in the 1960's, where she was awarded a travel scholarship to study in France and Spain. She was elected President of the Society of Scottish Artists in 1983 and became a Member of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1992.
This etching, part of a set of four (including "Light on Peel Sound", "Sea Ice - Lancaster Sound" and "Sea Ice - Illulissat") is inspired by the artists namesake (but no relation) Arctic explorer Dr. John Rae. Made after one of Rae's several journeys by ship to the Arctic, she will photograph her subject matter and often make sketches and small paintings in her cabin in which form the inception of her larger works on her return.
This print in particular is inspired by ice floes - large packs of floating ice at least 20m across at their widest point and up to more than 10km across.