Created: May 2013
Type: Oil Painting, Portrait.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 55cm x 45cm
Where to see: On permanent public display, The White House, Niddrie Mains Road in Craigmillar Edinburgh –contact: 0131 468 1934
Even though ill at the time of painting this portrait, people feel people seem to feel Sandra’s strength of resolution is yet very much present the picture. I like the idea that in the artefact of this picture, she caries on influencing people to bring about strong caring communities.
Sandra was a quietly determined community social hero. Sandra made a difference to many, especially to young people in deprived areas, as in Edinburgh, Wester Hails, Dumbydykes, to name but a few, and significantly of course, in Craigmillar. Few realize she was also a part of very early Scottish Parliament experiments at the old Calton Hill High School over looking Arthur’s Seat, long before the Scottish Parliament became the reality it is today (here seen in the daytime half of the picture, close to Arthurs Seat). Indeed, despite terminal cancer, and all that came with it, she never really stopped, creating a new youth arts project for Craigmillar, right up to the end. Sandra was a remarkable human being, who in her own quiet way, made a difference in so many ways and, to so many.
So at hearing of her terminal illness I strongly felt I had to paint her portrait. I was lucky enough, to know Sandra well (having worked with her in community education for many years), and she was happy to give permission for me to do the portrait. At Inch House, in the nighttime, was one of Sandra’s first community education projects, and in the day time in Craigmillar, in the distance, was one of her last youth projects. The road, also relates to Richard Demarco’s ‘road’.