The Caribbean Platter Collection - Part Of The Stephen McKay Collection.
From the 1970’s Susan Williams-Ellis had a real passion for scuba diving and recording the beautiful marine life she encountered there. Devising a unique method in her bathtub of sketching fish using theatrical greasepaints on plywood, she drew wonderful pictures from the seabed. Later in life she was lucky enough to visit exotic places such as the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Maldives and Fiji. It was here in Fiji, twenty years after her first visit and using a snorkel this time, that Susan made more underwater sketches of beautiful underwater scenes. Using a chinagraph pencil to sketch what she saw, Susan took these back to her boat or hotel and created wonderful representations of the fish and corals in full colour, using pens, crayons, pastels and acrylics. In 2002, these fantastic illustrations formed the basis of an exhibition of her fabulous underwater artwork, along with a BBC documentary.
To coincide with this Susan made an extremely limited run of large decorative platters depicting six of her favourite and cherished Caribbean fish. Despite not being numbered, so limited was the run that it is believed that there were only twenty five of each of the six fish designs ever made!