My daughter turned 11 on the 27th February 2017. My dad passed away on the 3rd September 2016. Despite my living in Paris at the time of my daughter's birth my dad arrived the day she was born and was the first relative apart from my husband to meet her. I believe this meeting made their relationship more special as a result.
I started this painting during the summer of 2015 when my dad was sick and he sat beside me in the garden as I painted. I finished the painting soon after but was never quite happy with it. My daughter recently came upon it and asked if she could have it for her birthday so I set to work again, this time happy with the result.
Sadly, this was the first birthday my daughter spent without her Grandpa but I like to think that this painting connects them in some way...
Imaginary Places, Rachel Horne, 2015-2017