When Deep calls to Deep / by Emma Ashby

"Rage" Encaustic on panel, 24 x 24 inches

"Rage" Encaustic on panel, 24 x 24 inches

I have always been drawn to the ocean, pulled in by its beauty and majesty. When Nahcotta Gallery first asked me to do a series of encaustic artworks on the ocean, I found myself wanting to portray the two elements that I so love. There is the peaceful tranquility of the seashore with the gentle lapping waves and breeze in the sea grass that so calm the soul.

"Dunes of Gold" Encaustic on panel. 12 X 12 

"Dunes of Gold" Encaustic on panel. 12 X 12 

But then there is it's strength and uncontrollable fury. As Robert Frost put it, "Someone had better be prepared for rage". Frost's poem, 'Once by the Pacific', so wonderfully conveys in words what I was trying to express with encaustic that I have used certain phrases from his poem to name some of the stormy artworks in my series. I shall be exhibiting at Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth NH with two great artists - Amy Brnger and Kathleen Robbins. The  opening reception is on Friday July 1, 5-8pm and exhibits until the end of the month. 

Once by the Pacific

by Robert Frost

The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God's last 'Put out the Light' was spoken.