There’s a story behind every painting
In October 2007 I was halfway through this painting but it was a Saturday morning and I was doing some framing when I had the need to go up into the attic to get a Stanley knife, I knew it was in a box just within reach as I stood at the top of the loft ladder, I searched amongst the contents of the box but couldn’t find it, it was now that I made a serious mistake, I decided to descend the ladder and look in the box in the room below, as I took my first step I lost grip of the ladder and started to fall backwards, I guess my feet were only four feet off the floor when I fell and I decided to jump backwards at the last second knowing I would at least land on my feet. The pain was horrendous as I landed on a cupboard the corner going right up my bottom, I fell to the floor and couldn’t breath in our out for what seemed like ages but was probably nearer to thirty seconds, eventually I caught a snatch of breath and soon I was breathing normally. I managed to get onto the bed and stayed there waiting for the pain to go but it didn’t and I was in agony I knew I had done something serious and I was in the house alone. I felt to my pocket and thankfully I had my mobile on me but due to the intense pain I couldn’t remember how to unlock it, It was twenty minutes or so before it registered. I rang my father in law and he rang an ambulance while my sister in law came to comfort me as I waited. The result was a vertebrate shattered into four pieces, the doctor said I was very lucky that I hadn’t severed my spinal cord.
I spent weeks in a bed at first in hospital and then at home, it was a very scary period in my life but I guess I was very lucky for it could have been much worse. As soon as the metal brace came off and the doctor gave me the all clear I was back painting, it had been three months since I had picked up a brush and I was very apprehensive, I decided to carry straight on with the above painting knowing in the back of my mind that I may ruin it. At first it felt very strange but gradually I fell into the groove and after a couple of hours it was as if I had never been away. So the story behind this painting is it took me longer to complete than any other I have painted. Its a painting of two halves, can you see the join.