I painted this for an exhibition which had 'Look Out' as the theme. All of Folkestone this year is remembering the start of th First World War when so many young and not so young men, and women, went off to serve their country from Folkestone Harbour. Many were not to return. My grandfather served in the trenches in that awful war and at that time the family lived in Folkestone, as I do now.
My grandmother used to tell me how, during the war, she would take her 4 children to the top of the cliffs (my mother, her 5th was born after the war) and look across to France. You can see the cliffs of France very clearly from where we live and she told me how they could see the sky lighting up with the cannon fire and hear the booming of the guns as they stood on the cliffs and prayed for their father. Thankfully he returned safely or my mother would not have been born and I would not have painted this picture.
It was shown with the picture 'Daddy's Home' which a poignant reminder that not all families were as fortunate as we were.