About the Image
The scene is a walker climbing up some rough hewn steps on the Llanberis Path up Mount Snowdon in Wales. She is bent over focused on her ascent. The photograph this was based on was taken on a personal pilgrimage I took with my family following the death of my Mother. It was a struggle but I was surrounded by people who kept encouraging me to “Keep going, you’re getting there.” I could see the same effort and determination in this woman’s posture.
Anyone who has climbed a mountain knows, there are times when you are exhausted and want to give up. Mountains are not just physical challenges but mental ones as well. The belief that it is possible is as important to the success of the climb as physical fitness.
About the painting:
The original picture Pilgrims, a Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step was initially drawn with pencil onto watercolour paper. These lines were then drawn over using masking fluid and then painted using watercolour paint and acrylic ink. Salt was also used in the process and some of the ink blown around using a straw. Once the painting was dry the masking fluid was removed to reveal the finished painting. The original was created in England in 2015.