The BP Portrait Award
18 June – 20 September 2015
National Portrait Gallery, London
This is the accompanying catalogue statement:
My mother has Parkinsons and as a result of this debilitating illness, she requires assistance in every aspect of her life. I chose to paint this scene of my sister, Deirdre, showering my mother because it shows the love, care and self sacrifice which encompasses caring for an elderly parent. I found that bathing my mother was so deeply personal and it was,at first, a difficult thing to do. My mother raised seven children and her care has become the duty of two of my sisters and my father. I wanted this painting to be a tribute to the courage of my mother and my sister.