There is no difference

Watercolor and oil pastels on fine art paper

50 x 70cm

My artwork pays tribute to the Club’s Creed but I also wanted to capture one of Gallipoli campaign’s significant speeches made by Ataturk who became the first President of Republic of Turkey on the 29th October 1923, extract of his speech;

“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives….

You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours.

You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace, after having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well”

The Club’s Creed:

We believe that within the community there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation for perpetual peace and universal freedom”