One of many new occurrences of life in lockdown for us is our daily family lunch. As we sit around the table tucking into home made delights, Rob regales a tale from a time when he was a pupil in his Secondary school back in 'Chippy'.
The class was given a project by their history teacher, who held a particular fondness of the Romans. The project assigned by the teacher was to portray a legionnaire replete with all their regalia.
Rob, recalls one of his friends creating a 'masterpiece' depicting a Roman, top-heavy with armour, with thin undernourished legs - quite the opposite from the warriors envisaged by the teacher - more Monty Python than Hollywood.
The image has stayed with Rob over what may have been a legion years since. Rob now lives north of Hadrian's Wall in the Scottish Borders and was compelled to do his own interpretation. This painting 'Adrian' is a homage to this childhood memory and his friend.