2016, acrylic paint on lining paper
Know one knows when the beloved folksong Loch Lomond was written or indeed by whom, some say the song was once sung by the lover of a captured Jacobite set to be executed in London, others believe the song was written by an imprisoned Jacobite for his bonnie lass back in Scotland. This painting pays homage to one particular verse and the meaning that hides within its words. ‘O ye’ll take the high road and I’ll take the low road, and I’ll be in Scotland afore ye’. It is believed that any Scot who dies on foreign land shall have his/her soul carried by the fairies along the high road back home to Scotland before continuing onward into the afterlife. This painting pays homage to the many a Jacobite executed in London and the journey they take from foreign land to homeland, symbolised in English Roses slowly melting into Scottish thistles.