Waiting (Devils Point, Plymouth)
The scene in the painting actually exists. ‘Devil’s Point’ is an outcrop of land lying between the River Tamar and Plymouth’s natural harbour, the Sound. This is an area steeped in naval tradition; it is from here that countless families have stood and waved off their loved ones. Walking around the area at the time of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, I found myself at the end of one such farewell, as the last families were departing. Devil’s Point was once more abandoned to the wind and the waves, a natural silence turned poignant by the ship disappearing over the horizon and the one lone bystander.
‘Waiting’ forms part of a set of paintings produced as a response to British and American foreign policy and armed conflict in general. This series explores how decisions made by politicians have repercussions for ordinary men and women and can change the lives of so many throughout generations.
Oil on canvas
142cm x 110cm