The inspiration for the stained canvas, Golden Cloud, comes from Auckland’s west coast. Over several decades, Gretchen Albrecht captured the ephemeral changes of light and colour that influence our perceptions of land, sea and sky.
The canvas rectangle lends itself to the broad sweep of Golden Cloud. Flowing horizontal washes of thin acrylic paint capture the shimmering glow of sun on cloud, the dark of night imperceptibly closing in on the day. The deeper colour below is suggestive of a momentary green flash, that secret of nature sometimes revealed as the sun sinks over the horizon.