I did this romantic picture for my hairdresser. When she learned I was an artist, she commissioned a piece from me. She wanted this traditional subject matter, especially popular in New England, of the lady waiting for her husband or lover to return from his sea voyages. Of course many of them never returned which makes it potentially sad as well as romantic. The lady has the universal red hair of the romantic heroine, which might also tie in with my hairdresser's use of hair coloring, and also have an Irish/Celtic element.
"Lady by the Sea" is watercolor on Fabriano paper, 12" x 10", March 1979. Colors restored in Photoshop.