The making of a painting involves a variety of subtle, playful and purposeful 'illusions'. Perhaps it is better expressed as 'truth' held in suspension. For example, when things are not going well an artist will generally trust that things will improve. This may, or may not happen but to continue with a painting the 'illusion' of a good outcome must be believed. That's why some paintings hang around for a long time until a level of 'completion' is realised. This is one of those. Its destruction was close at hand on several occasions but the nagging sense that it was worth redeeming stayed my hand. Recently shown at an exhibition in the Guildhall, Bath both the physical space and distance of view it allowed me (the picture is 110cm x 99cm) finally gave me room to take stock and judge whether my faith was well placed.