A descendant of Norwegian yacht builders, Renee McGinnis paints fallen ocean liners with an approach akin to portraiture. While not literally anthropomorphic, McGinnis’s works have a poignant emotional sensibility. She renders the ships with empathy, surrounding them with wreaths of stormy clouds and dramatic lighting. Delicately-painted flowers and ornaments, brass nails and gold leaf encircle the ships as if they were posthumous tributes. The gigantic vessels become metaphors for broken dreams and ideals of the past. McGinnis will have a solo show of her work in November titled “The Girls” at Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago. Take a look at her latest work below.