Recalling my grandfather 

Oil on canvas 

50 x 40cm 


This painting amalgamates reflections on the experiences of my grandfather, Private Roy Ashby who served with the Australian Imperial Force during WW1. I have assembled a collection of eclectic still life objects alluding to his journeyThe kerosene lamp is a beacon which symbolises hope through the passage of time. Referencing strength and endurance, the donkey assisted tirelessly throughout WW1, transporting food, ammunition and medical supplies. Donkeys also carried wounded soldiers back to the shore for medical treatment and evacuation. The soft yellow background in the painting references the sandy coastline of the European continent. I have incorporated a portrait of my grandfather in uniform – sourced from a rare original photograph and have highlighted his row of commemorative medals.