I am currently working on a series of more painterly works, with the source material being a series of Polaroid photograph's that I took back in 2007 whilst I was on holiday with my late father.
It was his final holiday, and we both knew this as he was sadly dying. His favourite place in the world was the Isle of Man and he wanted to go back there for one last time. So, in the October of 2007, we took a trip there and he showed me his favourite places on the island.
This painting is taken from a Polaroid that I took whilst we were on the ferry, leaving the island for what was to be my father's last time. I looked back, and the island seemed to be almost glowing in the morning daylight. There's a strange nostalgic feeling you can sometimes get when you know something is for the very last time, and you just want to savour the moment for ever and ever; the Polaroid's, and consequently the paintings born from these Polaroid's, allow me to do just that.
Gouache, ink, coloured pencil & pastel on Ampersand Panel