Three Strands–Strand Two
My Father The Gardener
My Father The Gardener was painted from a sketch made of my dad working a small area of garden beneath a venerable apple tree (a separate and repeatedly painted subject).
It is at once an intimate portrait and figure study in a conceptual space. It is redolent of another history and hope held in a father and his son. There was no great agony in its making and it is sketchy and thinly painted in parts.
The figure or figures then, whether set in a distinct context or as part of an overall painterly space continues to fascinate. Seeking something that is more than cursory or illustrative and is in part intimate and in part emblematic, sometimes narrative, sometimes not is another strand in my current creative weave.