In light of men (acrylic on paper)
Inspired by… Mervyn Peake's The Glass Blower, 1944
“Initially my eye was drawn to the dramatic lights and tonal effects of the glassblower. I think the exaggerated, inviting, yet shadowed pose of the main figure gives the painting a sense of perspective and space.
I’ve combined these aspects to create a questioning piece incorporating degrees of human exposure and vulnerability. I used the figure and it’s relationship to the light in a physical and metaphorical sense.
I got brave again and rediscovered my gift after 11 years. Adult education classes motivated me to use my skills.”
Jessica Leaf attended the Art Workshop with Manchester Adult Education Service at Simpson Memorial Community Centre.