1999, oil on wood 63 x 67cm
Collection of DKN (California, USA)
A painting from my last Cornish days when forced to abandon the studio I'd built due to the destruction of the land nearby, part of the rape of Padstow - 'Padstein' as it is now known. We moved out of Mij's splendid old house, where Dickens had stayed when writing "A Christmas Carol". This house when I first went there had been recently vacated by Dr Marley's elderly grand-daughters; he was Dickens' friend and lent his name to Marley's ghost. I remember meeting the two graceful spinsters once when they visited from their smaller property across the Camel at Rock. I suppose they must have hated us being there as much as I now hate what has happened since. My ghostly shadow can be seen in the foreground, as in a bad photograph!
As with At the end of a garden (cf.), I'm torn between needing to keep and needing to move on this painting. If it went to a good home, I'd be happy.
Since purchase the owner writes about this other works of mine he owns ... (see here)