HOWIE'S HANDS I
A portrait of the artist's father. She had been meaning to paint him for many years, inspired by the character in his talented woodworking hands and her childhood memories of "helping" him saw wood on old trestles by sitting on them to stop them wobbling.
The saw he holds was probably given to him by his late father, and was thought to have been lost in a fire which took thousands of pounds worth of equipment collected over a lifetime. It was only saved from immolation by the fact that Emma had borrowed it and forgotten to return it for quite some time. "Howie" was delighted when he found it miraculously unharmed.
oil on canvas panel
55 x 65 cm (approx.)