The present work shows the beach at Veules, a small town on the Normandy coast. The artist wrote of her 1980 visit to Normandy and Brittany: 'The light is quite amazing, very high in key. The cliffs are of flint and chalk and the beaches are very stony, sloping steeply into the sea, which influences the colour of the water. Sometimes it's almost opaque green or vivid blue. The beaches are very light in tone which makes it fairly difficult to do in watercolour because, if you add white, the effect is deadened. It's a place I could return to many times' (see J. Bumpus, Elizabeth Blackadder, Oxford, 1988, p.55).