When I saw this abandoned thatched cottage in County Mayo I knew straight away I had to paint it. Through the broken windows the dishes still stood on the old dresser as they had been left ten years previously. I was fascinated by the textures of the decaying thatch and wood, the peeling paint and plasterwork, and the chickenwire. Just then a chirruping male house sparrow alighted on the thatch wire, soon flitting away after his companion.
The silence returned.
Acrylic on panel, 27" x 36".
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