In the year 2000 I wrote a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury asking if I could get married in a parish church, in a parish I was not resident in. In the letter I cited Paul’s writing in Timothy, a church is body of people, not a building but a congregation meeting together. The Church of England’s laws governing marriage changed a short time later, allowing marriage in lots of different places not just in the parish church of ordinary residence.
In January 2020 I was fortunate to visit my sister in New Zealand – Aotearoa unaware of the significance of the timing when we left the UK, we had the most spectacular adventure. Whilst traveling down the North Island’s East coast we stopped on an almost deserted beach of nearly white sand, Rawara Beach, there were a group of 10 Maori Guys – the image captured my imagination - a true CHURCH of people in one of the most spectacular coasts on planet Earth. The image had to become a painting, its significance grew as lockdown happened and the C-19 virus control globally generated social distancing, making all physical churches of people an impossibility. I love to capture skies in paint – it’s a universal visual language experienced by all people.
Large oil on canvas in a lime waxed frame - 80x100cm
Ref: NZ 2020