The visual impact of this composition is created by bright, warm colours, applied in smooth layers of oil paint. The blue of the sea gradually becomes white, brightening and fading away until the horizon between the sea and the yellow sky becomes unclear. The shape and line of the waves inject energy into the composition, providing the only motion in the painting. The subtle brush strokes in the oil create smooth, fine layers of tint colours adding lightness to the composition. The large canvas adds to the visual impact of the piece.
McPhail took inspiration from the atmosphere and spirit of the Western Isles landscape she has visited: "I have always been drawn to landscape, its spirit and the atmosphere it can create. A few years ago I stayed for a few months in the Western Isles. The landscape there, its colours and moods had a great impact on me. I have used this impact, and the memories which [sic] it evokes, over the last years as a fuel for my work. My work is an expression of a period of healing from, and out of depression."
Ann McPhail was born in 1969 and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee between 1990 and 1995. She also taught at the college part-time from 1992 until she graduated and took art therapy classes at Anton House Day Centre in Dundee. She exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy student exhibition and the Duncan of Jordanstone Degree show in 1995 and received the Ian Eadie Award in the same year. Her work has been featured in both public and private collections.