My enduring love is literature, which explains my fascination with drawing writers, something I have done on a regular basis over a period of thirty years. The list is long - Colm Toibin, Richard Holloway, A L Kennedy, Alasdair Gray, Joy Hendry , Kathleen Jamie and many others. I also love to draw actors, a new passion inspired by my son, the playwright and noveist Michael Shand (www.michaelshandplaywright.co.uk). Details of his publications on his web site.
The following is a quotation from Colm Toibin's 'Bad Blood: a walk along the Irish Border' :
"We walked down the hill, leaving the stones (of the Beltany Stone Circle) to their magic, away from the reminder that there was once a time in this place when there were no Catholics or Protestants; the dim past standing there on the crown of the hill, for once a history which could do us no harm, could not teach us, inspire us, remind us, beckon us, embitter us: history locked up in stone. "
If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them, but the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?. ”The Gulag Archipelago" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Kafka said that the difference is not between those who terrorise and those who are terrorised, but between those who are tempted and those who are not subjected to temptation.