This landscape was painted from sketches Redpath made during a family holiday to the Isle of Skye in 1946. Kyleakin is a village that was only accessible by ferry until the Skye Bridge was built in 1995. In this painting of a huddle of houses clinging to the bleak landscape, surrounded by stormy water, Redpath evokes the community’s remoteness and dependence on the land and sea. As with many of her still lifes, the scene is somewhat distorted with the picture plane tilted forward. The use of a palette knife reinforces the quality of the harsh landscape and highlights her increasing interest in the developments of abstract painting; she was influenced by artists such as Tàpies and Riopelle with their bold, expressionistic handling of paint.