Acrylic on canvas painting.
106.6×106.6cm or 42″x42″.
This painting is rather mysterious.
When my girls were younger we spent a lot of time at the playground, and I used to photograph them more than they will let me do now!
One day, when I was taking pictures of my kids on the swings and climbing frames, a little girl came up, smiled at me and posed for a photo. She was about two years old – an age when they love to be photographed. With her mother’s agreement I took a number of photos.
Later on, looking through the shots, I came upon an image which I really liked: something about the eyes – focused beyond the world around, on the unseen…
I imagined her in a Summer forest, swinging, with an intense and dreamy look on her face, and that’s how this painting came to be.
I don’t know the girl’s name, and I doubt she has seen this painting inspired by her – forever a dreamy child on a swing.”
A visitor to the gallery loved “The Swing” and contemplated buying it. We talked, and the idea developed into commissioning a portrait of her daughter instead, using the same composition and style, with the addition of a fairy, if you look closely…!
“I absolutely adore your painting. The more I look at it, the more I see! …It’s really touched me and it will be treasured throughout my life.”