This painting started with a trip to the Otago Settlers museum in Dunedin. They have a huge room filled with portraits of many of the first European (predominantly Scottish) immigrants. Among the stern faced Scots was a photograph of a young woman named Elizabeth Burns who had travelled to Dunedin on the ship “Jura” from Scotland in 1862. I was immediately captivated by her delicate beauty and decided to paint her in this “leviathan” work.
I have included the original photograph here.