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the younger holding the hands of the older

Acrylic on panel, 20 x 16 in (2008)

One of the Hands series of paintings. Two people, holding hands.

Throughout this series of paintings, I have been exploring the shape and structural secrets of the hand. In this work, colour is subdued, comparing the hands of mid-life with those of the elderly.

Our hands speak volumes about our state of health, our age, and our occupations. The physical palette of colour changes over time from in-the-pink to less unform colouration, graduating eventually to earthier tones.

The work is about caring for a parent or friend as they move higher up the aging ladder. It is also about tenderness and being unafraid to touch and show affection. There is a quiet dignity and joy of being considered worthy enough to have someone selflessly care about you.

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