Seasons of Wayleave

These four paintings began as my response to my work as an Art Psychotherapist is Edinburgh Prison.  When with a prisoner I often  drew a path through woods and light at the end of a tunnel.  This probably  reflected my feeling about individuals and my hope for them. Also a way of seeming occupied, as people don't always like to be watched making art.

Later in my studio I thought about these drawings, and how much I would need to make clear for the image still to be readable.  These four paintings became my answer.  They don't represent particular seasons, just different moods and times.

When I came to think of a title for them I found a word the perfect word- Wayleave.  It is an old word for  Right of Way and often used in legal documents.  It literally means 'Permission to Go'  and so is just right in the context.

These four paintings were  bought and donated to Edinburgh Prison where they now hang in the Visits Room where prisoners meet their family and visitors.