Dark Water

dark water36″ x 44″, Acrylic on canvas, 2001

“Dark Water” was inspired by  World War 2, when German subs sank ships crossing the Atlantic, blocking the supply route to Britian. I was going through a dark phase in 2001. In this piece I wanted to capture dread and terror. It was originally titled “Fear of Death”. Death was always on my mind after the death of my brother, it didn`t seem to leave my family and relatives alone. It didn`t get the best of me though, I turned it all around and made death my greatest motivater. It wasn`t any morbid fascination, I learned to see life in a different light through this darkness. – Riel Benn (click on image to view larger version)