Almost at the very moment of the birth
of my first child I felt an immediate and instinctive knowledge fall upon
me - an awareness of my place, and that of my child, within the cycle of
life; the reality of a new life entering the world summoned up an almost
palpable realisation of my own mortality and the fragility of existence
Perhaps as a means of coming to terms with this,
I deliberately decided to spend some time working within a geriatric unit
at Shire Hill Hospital in Glossop.
A large amount of time was spent talking,
reassuring and drawing the men and women I found there. I hope the
paintings speak for themselves; as I was celebrating my son Max learning
to walk, so I was witnessing the profound care and skill of the nurse helping
an elderly patient re-learning after a stroke the very skills that she
too had once learned so many years before.
- Ghislaine Howard