Belfast is snuggled between the Lough, Black Mountain, Divis Mountain, Wolf Hill and The Cave Hill (Ben Madigan). There is other high ground too but the Cave Hill with its castles, forts and pre historic caves and its huge volcanic basin called the Devils Punchbowl will always be special to me. We used to feast on hazel nuts in autumn on the climb to the summit, wild strawberries and blueberries in summer, paint pictures and played. From McArts fort on the top we watched the big ships come up the Lough with County Down as a back drop. On a clear day you could see Scotland. Then with primroses and bluebells for mum we made the long hike home.
Looking Back depicts me with my sisters and Finn, Mr. Conners dog when we were children. We lived all the way down at the Lough and we could still make out our home with its white Portland stone contrasting with the inky blue water.
Edges painted as part of the scene. Varnished, strung and ready to hang