Parker is particularly fond of the Veronica L and Shakem wrecks. “I used to dive the Bianca C, but in recent years she has deteriorated so much that I skip those dives – though she still firmly influences my artwork,” she says.
“When I dive these wrecks, the ‘artist’ part of my brain is always on the look-out for interesting shapes, to the extent that – until they knew me better – the crew would ask on surfacing what on Earth I was photographing. Rusty holes and rusting structures weren’t the norm on their dives!”
She mines her photographs for ideas to start off the paintings in her studio in Richmond, Surrey, but then “lets the shapes take on a life of their own, using colours that don’t necessarily correspond directly to what you see under the waves”.
Laura Parker’s work can be seen on her website.