- c. 1935
- Purchased with assistance from the Friends of Robert McDougall Art Gallery, 1999
- 524 x 697mm
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More than any of her contemporaries Olivia Spencer Bower embraced watercolour paints. Having lived and worked for most of her life in the South Island, Spencer Bower relished the portability and immediacy of watercolours which enabled her to work with freedom out of doors, directly in the landscape. But it was also the very fluid nature of the medium, the challenge of laying a wash of colour down on to wet paper and the seeming serendipity of the outcome. Spencer Bower was a maestro with this notoriously difficult medium. Here, the very looseness of the sea meeting the land, the violent collision between water and rock, is rendered beautifully in Sea and Cliff, Punakaiki.