A painting destroyed by fire
Recreated in pastel
David had bought the original pastel painting of 'Tranquillity' when it was on exhibit at one of the local galleries.
Some time later, I was very surprised to get a phone call from him one evening. I was even more surprised to hear what he had to say. 'Tranquillity' had been destroyed in a house fire and he asked 'Was there any way I would agree to do another painting of it for him?'
I felt very sad hearing of its loss, as I feel every painting is an expression and a part of me. A part of my soul. On the other hand, I was buoyed and excited at the prospect of creating the image again and I fairly leaped at the opportunity.
From the outset, it was very important to me to avoid looking at any photos of the original painting, as I wanted to create an image that was fresh, authentic and painted from the heart.
As I applied each layer of pastel, the image began to take shape. It had a certain familiarity to it but very its own identity all the same.
When I later met David to give him the finished painting, I think this was something he very much appreciated.