Signed and numbered by artist A K Nicholas
Image: 36×24 inches/91×61 cm
Paper: 38×26 inches/97×66 cm
Ava swims lazily in an expanse of sparkling azure. The water is calm but disturbed by a gentle mist and she appears almost weightless amidst the ripples. A gentle, serpentine shape is suggested by the curve of her body. A blackness at the top of the image implies a bottomless abyss. Only her hands, part of an arm, and her face break the surface. Her hair drifts out in reddish-brown spirals. This somewhat impressionistic nude artwork is comprised of small areas of color that form the subject and the negative space around her.
The figure is inverted with no solid point of reference in the water. With no horizon, sky, or land in sight, her location is ambiguous. Her form recedes into the texture of the waves as drops of water rain down. The soothing warmth of sunlight radiates from her skin.