The Legend of Ina and the Shark...
Many years ago I was inspired by the legend of Ina & the Shark to do this painting - actually the first of several large paintings that I did inspired by the mythology of Polynesia. The legend is:
'Like a solitary tree is Ina
who committed herself to the winds.
Ina invoked the lordly shark
to bear her safely on its back
to the royal Tinirau o'ver the sea.
Alas the bruised head
of the angry monster...
had obeyed the young maid...
who opened a coconut
on her voyage to the Sacred Isle.