OilsWhy did Arthur leap ?, 2020152.4 cm x 121.92cm

Several years ago I was devastated by the sudden loss of my best friend which continues to haunt me to this day. I started out painting Arthur’s Seat with the current lockdown in mind. The beautiful idyllic peak took on a dreamlike and surreal form to represent how decisions we make can change everything in an instant, much like Arthur’s. In the UK 75% of suicides are committed by men and it is the biggest killer of men under the age of 45. One man takes his own life every 2 hours. For every one suicide, there are 20 attempts. The worsening Covid-19 pandemic surrounds us and it has had a devastating impact on mental health. If the statistics are accurate, this means that we are all close enough to someone who is concealing dark, unsettling thoughts. Many of these men continue to conceal these thoughts due to fear of judgement – it is time to talk about how we are feeling. If only that inner struggle could be seen, then we could reach out without judgement. Even a smile goes a long way. Perhaps Arthur’s fate may have leapt in a different direction.