Know your rights
A few years ago, in 2015 it was the 800 years anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.
Here in Lincoln, UK we are lucky to have one of the four surviving copies of it, so it was a big deal in our city.
We had all sorts of events, Barons decorated by local artists around the city, exhibitions and so on. I decided to participate in a local exhibition at Harding House Gallery and got to work on my research. My paintings are quite contemporary and usually based on real experiences but I have always had an interest in history and love to imagine what life would have been like.
In the end my painting was mostly devised from my imagination, but based on ideas of the scene of semi grandness in a rather muddy field. I looked at old paintings and depictions, and the sort of clothing worn.
It was surprising when my painting sold to an American Professor of Law, who was somewhat of an expert on the subject and said that my painting was quite 'historically accurate'!
So this piece of work now resides in the USA in his office.