FINISHED with great relief after six months’ hard work, one month planning and research with five months’ actual painting the largest artwork (4 ft x 8 ft) I have ever attempted, depicting St Columb Major’s hurling history. The artwork was in fact, so large it would not fit in my studio and had to go in our main bedroom on steel trestles (I have a very understanding wife).
The project was the brainchild of Cllr Paul Wills, our current Mayor, and was commissioned by St Columb Town Council. I was helped along the way by our daughter Jodene who proved a dab hand at the goals, milestones and flora. She doesn’t consider herself an artist but has done a great job, making it a real family project. In all there are well over a hundred hurlers represented as portraits and the names of all the winners since 1900 until the present day included in the painting. It is to be framed behind toughened glass and fixed to the wall in the little alleyway adjacent to the Town Hall.
The painting is to be unveiled on Saturday 27 May at 12 o’clock by St Columb’s oldest ball winners Denis Ellery, three wins 1947 (both hurls) and 1950 and Henry (Tim) Tinsley 1944, both into their 90s; all are welcome to attend. I am delighted with how it has turned out and extremely proud of the finished painting which I feel flies the flag (St Piran’s, of course) for traditional realism. I will be printing and publishing large format limited editions and art reproductions of the painting anyone interested contact me direct on 01637 880606.