Alex Colville (1920 - ) St. Croix Rider , 1997

The water’s edge is a powerful symbol,
with the ebb and flow of the tides bearing metaphysical meaning. 
Here, the monumentality of the Nova Scotia coast is embodied by
a lone figure on horseback in an immense landscape. 
The rider seems contained by the fence and the horizon,
but at the same time, 
the lines of the landscape appear to pull her to the water. 
She seems poised at the edge of the world,
looking beyond the painting’s edge,
to things we cannot see.