Atlantic Ocean



The Atlantic Ocean covers 20% of Earth and is the world's second largest ocean. It is mentioned by Herodotus in The Histories  around 450 BCE as Atlantis thalassa where the name refers to "the sea beyond the Pillars of Heracles" (the entrance to the Mediterranean).

It was formed during the Jurassic Period. The first ocean to be crossed by an airplane was the Atlantic Ocean. The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean (or any ocean) was Amelia Earhart,in 1928. It was also the first ocean to be crossed by a ship.

For me the Atlantic Ocean is the cool sea that bathes western Europe, the hot sea that refreshes west Africa, and the forceful sea that batters the eastern United States. 


I think of the deepest blues of southern England, almost black on a grey day. I think of drizzle, and fuchsias growing in hedges in western Ireland. I think of the green port in Tema, Ghana, where The Borobudur Ship Expedition finished. I try to imagine what the ancients thought was ‘out there’ beyond the Pillars of Hercules. I think of the purest blue of the water in Cape Town with penguins on the beach. 


And most importantly, I fondly think of where I started painting water. In 2001 my friend and I were camping at La Doñana National Park in Andalucia, Spain. Frightened of painting the water, I turned my back on the Atlantic and painted the sand dunes. Eventually I got up the courage to turn around and painted a few paintings with water in them. After a ridiculous bike wreck in Ronda that took me down a slope and through a gorse bush, I curtailed my cycling (I never was very good at it) and convalesced in a fishing village in Asturias where I spent each day for two months on the dock painting water. 

Tema Harbour II [right] is about greens and violets, finely cut by delicate organic lines. Oil on linen, 34x18 inches, 2004.

Cape Town Waterfront III


Cape Town Waterfront III is study of reds punctuated by light blue at the bottom.

Isle of Mull

I began Isle of Mull with the desire to create something blue and orange. It is based on a boat in Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland. After much imagining and sketching I created this image which evolved to include organic shapes punctured by sharp lines. 

Tema Harbour


Tema Harbour is about the color green.

Phoenicia VII


Phoenicia VII is a painting of the Phoenicia just west of the Pillars of Hercules. The Pillars are the Rock of Gibraltar and either Monte Hacho in Ceuta or Jebel Musa in Morocco.

Borobudur Reflection


Borobudur Reflection is a painting of the reflection of The Borobudur Ship in Cape Town, South Africa. This painting is about the shapes and the specific color of blue found in this part of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Dunes III

In 2001 I found myself stuck on a beach at La Doñana National Park in Andalucia, Spain. I sat with my back to the Atlantic Ocean, painting sand dunes. Although the beach was spectacular I was terrified of painting the water. After 3 days of painting sand dunes, I turned around. I braced myself, “Okay, I can do this.” I sat there for an eternity. Finally, I created an itty bitty painting of the beach with one small triangle of water, Dunes II. My first “water” painting. 

Credits, clockwise from top: Channel Islands Harbor III, oil on paper painting by Danielle Eubank; All photos of paintings by Danielle Eubank. Map ©

Water artist and ocean artist Danielle Eubank (尤淡瑤) is an award-winning, international abstract water painter and ocean painter. She has painted all of the oceans on the planet to raise awareness about the state of the oceans and climate change. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her abstract oil paintings are modern and emotive.

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Danielle Eubank makes every effort to create her artwork in an environmentally responsible manner. She uses the highest quality materials. This includes low VOC or no VOC paints, thinners, and mediums, and FSC certified wood for stretchers. She recycles whenever possible.