In this post Tom writes about three new additions to his collection for Reprieve, his September 2018 exhibition held at Bodmin Shire Hall.
Winter dusk at St Columb ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/winter-dusk-st-columb/ ) was a response to the darkest time of the year and in particular his sense of how the warmth of community life sustained him through such times, whether they were literally wintry or just sombre and worrying like the experience of serious illness that dominated 2017 for him.
Winter light, Mawgan Porth ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/winter-light-mawgan-porth/ ) aimed to express something of the awe and wonder that could occur to Tom in the presence of light, water and coastal landscape forms in a quite simple combination. Such responses could, he found, be enhanced by the realisation that he was still alive and able to enjoy them!
Evening gardens, St Columb ( https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product/evening-gardens-st-columb/ ) uses source material from the autumn to provide references to colours and shapes with which he could express the delight he felt about continuing to be involved in community life here while enjoying a remission in his illness.
View these paintings at https://www.hendersonsmith.co.uk/product-tag/reprieve-exhibition/ . A proportion of the proceeds of these sales was donated to a cause that Tom supported, Reprieve ( https://reprieve.org.uk/topic/death-penalty/ ), a charity that campaigns against the death penalty that still exists in some parts of the world. It occurred to Tom that there was a poignancy about showing this particular collection at Bodmin Shire Hall, a former court-house where people have been condemned to death in the past and he wanted to acknowledge that by giving the donation.