I really enjoyed creating this painting of Peggy’s Cove. Historically, light houses remind me of a time when navigation was the dominant form of travel. I used to spend summers visiting the Maritimes and loved visiting the rugged coastline seeing the power of the waves and smelling the saltiness of the air. I also spent time in Sagres in the most Western tip of Portugal and this painting represents feelings that I had while visiting both these places. In particular because Nova Scotia and Portugal represent the boundaries of the Altantic ocean, I was thinking about what it would be like to leave the safety of land and enter into the great unknown, if sailing from either port. I also painted the concept of the Northern Lights on the right of the painting to highlight the optimistic dreamer’s mentality that many sailors must have to leave safety and security.