A mother (Mam) with small child holding balloon

Signed, Limited Edition Print


Size: 38 × 48 cm
Paper Giclee
Editions: 195


One of the most precious things that my Mam and Dad gave me was an old leather suitcase of photographs that had been my family in the village of Springside for generations.

Other than these old black and white images, sometimes I have to rely on the images that are stored in my minds eye. It’s only a brief snapshot, like those old photos, but sometimes it’s like replaying an old film that has all the sounds, smells and tastes that are relived in a dream.

One image that can only have come from the faintest memory, as I don’t have a photo of my Mam doing this, is of being tightly tucked in her old tartan shawl and being carried around as she got with the jobs around the house. If I close my eyes I can see that it was a red tartan shawl with big thick twisted tassels around the edge – slightly prickly because of the wool but if I try hard I can remember the scent of the wool too.

For me, some paint and a canvas helps lift the spirits when I think back to those now gone. It’s almost like having a dream come to life right in front of your eyes, reliving over and over again those detailed memories in glorious technicolor.

When asked by art students what the secret to painting, I usually tell them to paint from the heart and not from the head.  Art is an emotion and whatever is put on to the canvas will resonate with the viewer. This is why many people stand and cry at the images I produce. They have their own personal dreams that are triggered as they stand and view paintings like Mam. All the memories, the sights, sounds and voices come flooding into back. It’s almost like having a piece of art that loves you back.

I hope this little indulgence into my own memory of my mother helps you to relive a happy time with yours.

Prices are for print-only  and a smaller version of the print (24cm × 30cm) is also available.

Cost includes UK shipping charges but not USA shipping and local tax charges.

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