I have been obsessed with the paintings of Winslow Homer for most of my life, and I’ve met my share of mariners who feel the same way. My favorite work of his is The Fog Warning. It hangs in Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and I try and visit this old friend at least once a year.
To me The Fog Warning celebrates the drama and passion of a life at sea. Our lone fisherman, his dory full of a halibut, looks towards his mother ship as a heavy fog quickly rolls in over Newfoundland’s Grand Banks. In a short while he could lose sight of his ride, and find himself stranded some four hundred miles from home.
But our mariner shows no fear or concern. He does what men at sea have always done – row like hell through whatever the seas throw at them. His quiet, unassuming bravery has long been my inspiration, and now his message informs this blog.
If you would like to learn more about Winslow Homer and The Fog Warning, enjoy the four minute video above.