Ever get an earworm? I’m convinced most come from some subconscious association. Like the inspiration behind this Lean on Me painting I was looking at 2 of my favourite London buildings.
I often play with angles when I’m taking my reference photographs, and, in this one, the buildings seem to lean on each other. When I noticed the Cheesegrater supporting the Gherkin.I was immediately reminded of the Bill Withers song.
Lean on Me, when you’re not strong and I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on.
It’s a beautiful lyric, and one that often comes to my mind in tough situations. In fact the whole song is an anthem to the concept of mutual support.
Since then I haven’t been able to think of a title more fitting for this painting.
Lean on Me was my submission piece when I was selected to participate in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year in 2016.