Troops Swimming at Anzac Cove

Oil on Oil Paper, Mounted on Board

40 x 50cm

In 1992 I travelled to Gallipoli and it was an incredible experience. The trenches and graves are a haunting memory, all contrasting to the natural beauty of the beach at Anzac Cove and its crystal clear water. It is no wonder the soldiers wanted to swim. To escape, to bathe, to float. My grandfather was a soldier in Timor and he used to say “the ocean is medicine”. I understand the Anzacs risked their lives and dodged snipers to immerse themselves in this crystal clear water.