Early in his career, juggling his desire to be an artist with the need for a regular income, Daniel O'Neill worked as an electrician on night shifts and painted at home during the day. His breakthrough came when he participated at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in Dublin in 1945. One critic commented: 'Daniel O'Neill is practically a newcomer; but he promises to figure largely in Irish painting of the future. His sensuous handling of paint, his rich colour and dramatic sense in composition, are used to express an individual vision which is essentially Romantic.' (Dublin Magazine, quoted in T. Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists, 20th Century (1996), p.371. Such qualities are evident in the present work, exemplary of the artist's expressive ability to synthesise figure and landscape and which exude a sense of mystery and intrigue. In 1946, he earned the support of the key Dublin dealer, Victor Waddington, which allowed him to commit fully to his art. Exhibitions in Dublin, London and the United States followed establishing him as one of the key Irish artists of the post-War period.