Still Life


Pencil on textured paper; 590mm W x 760mm H.
Written in the month of mental illness, Still Life encapsulates the mood transformation between depressive thoughts and enlightenment. In being mindful of this condition and making it part of who you are, how you react or how you perceive situations, lies the acceptance and the power to overcome.

Shipping size incl. packaging

Height (CM) = 89

Width / Diameter if cylinder (CM) = 74

Depth / Diameter if cylinder (CM) = 17

Weight = 7kg

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‘Wandering in leafless shrubbery…
Cold winter winds brought clouds so somber,
rain so penetrating

Forlorn regions of dreary space,
that reservoir of frost and snow
My heart swollen to lameness
by sharp air,
began to heal under the gentler breathings
of Hope

The horizon bounded a great pleasure,
outside the guarded walls of my garden
Noble summits,
rich in verdure and shadow
Blue peaks no longer stiffened in frost
and shrouded in snow

A pale gold gleam remains
in overshadowed spots
like scatterings
of the sweetest lustre

I enjoy this often,
unwatched and
almost alone
This still life’


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