Courageous Voyage

Courageous Voyage

Publish Date: March 2011

Sizes: 12x18, 18x27, 24x36, 28x42, 40x60

The ocean has always affected me profoundly. Encompassed within its imposing expanse,
history, challenge, and opportunity have each left their indelible mark. Throughout time,
men of courage and substance defiantly faced its omnipotence with dreams of fortune
and a better life and so set sail to hope. Shakespeare immortalized the significance of this
great expanse when he eloquently connected the fortunes of men with the sea’s deliberate
tides. He penned that, “There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads
on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On
such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our
ventures.” Yet, despite its promise of fruitful ventures, the ocean is replete with challenge,
mystery, and danger. Only courage and an abiding faith that tomorrow will bring a new
day filled with its own destiny, steel men with the courage to push through its menace.
What a powerful metaphor for life. There is a tide rooted in providence and faith that
governs the affairs of man. Like the ocean, it is a tide equally predisposed to serenity as
to overwhelming swells. Only through courage and faith in providence do we push ahead
towards the promise of a better tomorrow, to a new dawn, to hope and opportunity. What
a powerful canvas is the sea!

As I set my brush to canvas, I could not envisage a better tribute to courage and hope,
than a lone clipper ship defiantly pushing through the ocean’s fury against the backdrop
of a clearing sky radiant with hope and light. I have always had a great respect for the
clipper ship artists of the past for whom the sea represented the only connection to a new
world and promises of a new day. Courageous Voyage is as much a tribute to a man like
Montague Dawson whose early images of the sea inspired me, as it is a message to those
mired in challenge and praying for opportunity and new beginnings. I trust that this image
will encourage you to face the swells of life with a profound courage secure in the hope,
instilled through providence and faith, that tomorrow is in His hands…that the storm is
clearing…that the sun is ushering in a vibrant new day…and that your Courageous Voyage
has set you upon the tides of remarkable ventures.

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