Staacks: Sea Fever, the call of the Sea, by Jane Morrow

Staacks: Sea Fever, the call of the Sea, by Jane Morrow Staacks: Sea Fever, the call of the Sea, by Jane Morrow


Venue: Staacks
Dates: 01/09/2019 - 30/09/2019
Times: All Day


“Sea Fever”, the call of the Sea by Jane Morrow

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky” states John Masefield in his Poem Sea Fever written in 1902.  It is a poem that has resonated with me since I first encountered it during my school days.  When life overwhelms me, I too find myself being called to the sea shore, to hear the crashing of the waves or feel the peace of a calm sea face.

The ever changing nature of the sea always inspires me to paint not only what I see but what I feel when I am there.  This collection of work pays homage to the poem that continues to move me and to the sea itself for always being there when I need it.

Painted in oils, each one is inspired by a line or a phrase from Sea Fever.

“Sea Fever”,  by John Masefield (1902)

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.

I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying

I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.