We all have our favourite rooms where we can sit and relax . My sister Geraldine’s bolthole, where she can escape the humdrum chores of everyday life, is her summer house. Set in an oasis of a garden, with lovingly tended vegetable patches, fruit trees, a birch grove, a herb garden and even a labyrinth, this is where she and her husband Alan, the Potter, spend a great part of their summer days. This painting is as much a portrait of the summer house as it is of Geraldine. Here are all the bits and pieces which formerly adorned the main home but, having served their purpose, are loved too much to be thrown out and end up forming an eclectic collection of their family’s history. Painted before lockdown started here in March this year it nevertheless shows how she spent those never-ending months of isolation.
Geraldine in the Summer house Oil on Linen 100 x 100 cms
Exhibited by the Royal Ulster Academy 139th Annual Exhibition http://www.royalulsteracademy.org
Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020 longlist