This piece evokes a feeling of false calm, where the colours of black and gray are dominating. The depicted landscape is that of the ruins of a castle beside the sea, which refers to the name of the painting and its wordplay. This is complemented by smaller details such as the grass and paths. The misleading sense of calm again springs from the stillness of the sea which is almost the same colour as the starless sky.
The artist finds inspiration in the nature of the Scottish wilderness and aims to convey that wildness through her art. Inspiration also comes from the people of these untamed lands and their impact on the natural surroundings.
Frances Walker was born in Kirkcaldy in 1930 and trained at the Edinburgh College of Art. She now lives in Aberdeen and on Tiree, where she lives in one of the few remaining thatched cottages. Many of her drawings and studies are made in Tiree, with larger paintings and prints being produced in Aberdeen. Having painted many of the wildest parts of Scotland, Walker's works not only evoke this wildness but also bears witness to the people who have lived in Scotland and shaped the land with their labour.