And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. Genesis 1: 9-10.
This painting came about after a trip to North Norfolk a few years ago. On that particular afternoon, the light was overwhelming, and the land was fighting its losing battle with the sea. As the waters rushed in, it was difficult not to think of the transcendency of Nature over Man, that these twice-daily events had taken place when the earth was still flat and the continents were cast in different shapes, and would continue to take place long after mankind would leave his last footprint in this North Norfolk mud.