sardines francoise lane art

On a family expedition with my parents for a spot of morning fishing on the Hammond Island wharf, my young son Alex made a friend. We all jigged for sardines as there was a large school of sardines swimming around the wharf pylons. We would use these sardines as live bait to catch bigger fish from off the wharf. We noticed that Alex had wandered away from us on the wharf and was talking to something that he held in his hand. Later we noticed Alex’s shorts were wet around his pocket and that there was a tip of a fish tale coming out of his shorts. He then introduced us to his new (and very dead) sardine friend. I wanted to capture the memory of this story in ‘Sardines under the Wharf’.


Sardines Under the Wharf began as a study piece of work that was adapted for textile. I had it in my mind to bring this piece to life as an art piece using acrylic and silver gilding.

Materials: Atelier acrylic, Porters Original Acrlics, Pebeo argent silver, Atelier varnish seal, 10 once double primed, 100% cotton, Rust proof staples, Acrylic on Canvas