“This picture was painted using oils in the summer of 2007. It was the first very big canvas I had painted, and done after I had experienced a serious road traffic accident due to another person’s careless driving that has subsequently led to a decrease in my mobility.

The night I painted this picture, I was in excruciating pain and unable to paint as I would normally do, flat on a table. I used an easel and whilst sat in a wheelchair with one foot fully extended, literally just let out all the pain, anger and hurt that I had experienced in the accident. I was so thankful and grateful to be alive, but so angry at the other driver for a situation that could so easily have been avoided. I used sweeping brush stokes and let rip on the canvas with the paint. This is the result.

After finishing it and letting it dry I couldn’t look at it, so put it away for 12 plus months. Only then when I unwrapped it, I realised it wasn’t just a lot of messy brush stokes but something that continues to speak to me to this day.

‘To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.’ Isaiah 61:3 NASB.

This painting was done on a large canvas board. I have sold the original to a member of my extended family and used the proceeds to have it reproduced in giclee canvas and paper prints.”

– Miriam Goldby, artist


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