Robin Jones

Going Back From Whence We Came

Oil and 24k gold leaf on aluminum panel, Image: 36"h x 48"w, framed: 42.25"h x 54.25"w, Item No. 18500,


Humpback whales are a conservation success story. Once severely reduced in numbers due to whaling, humpbacks were listed as Endangered in 1970 and a massive conservation effort ensued, including a moratorium on whaling in 1985 which remains in place to this day. Four populations of humpbacks remain endangered and strict regulations remain in place for those groups. The title of this painting comes from a beautiful speech given by John F Kennedy about the sea:

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.”