Shand Hutchison has always been interested in the animate within the inanimate. His imagination in this case has transformed a rusty fence into fish heads on a sandy beach in East Lothian. Hutchison did not paint outdoors or use preparatory sketches, instead he observed the landscape and then returned to his studio to paint. His interest in the textures of paint and its ability to depict surfaces is tangible in his evocation of the corroded fence posts. Hutchison often included a sun or a moon in his paintings - fascinated by the power they have on earth. This work was shown in the 1953 Society of Scottish Artists exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.