Sanday artist Bill McArthur’s seascape oil paintings depict the interaction between sea, sand and wind around his home island in Orkney, and around other Scottish islands. Here you can view original seascape oil paintings by the artist, including a gallery of those currently available for sale.
The essence of Orkney’s magic is silence, loneliness and the deep marvellous rhythms of sea and land, darkness and light…
— George Mackay Brown
I cower in green shelters, watch the sea bubble in brown sea-pools, watch the sea climb to the horizon and fall back rich with its silver coins, its glittering…
— Iain Crichton Smith
I sit in the dunes – the wind has moulded the sand in pastry frills and cornices…
— Norman MacCaig
And down the sand shot my skiff
Into the long green jaws, while deep
In summer’s sultry throat
Dry thunder stammered.
Swiftly the sail drew me over
The snarling Sound, scudding before
The heraldic cloud now
Rampant all around.