The Pocket Money Shop
Screen Print on Somerset paper
38cm x 43cm
I live in a seaside area of Edinburgh called Portobello. When I had children, I found I was very limited in where I could go and what I could draw - I used to go to far flung places, and now I could barely get out to the shops! But then I remembered a famous quote by the artist William Turner who said 'there's a sketch at every turn'. He meant that inspiration could be found anywhere, and I began to see there were endless subjects right on my doorstep.
This is an image of what used to be my children's favourite shop. It sold all the usual seasidey things - buckets and spades, sweeties, £1 toys. It was a veritable Aladdin's cave for a child. It was owned by en elderly man called Mr Hamilton - he was a particular type of Scottish person who came across at first glance as grumpy, but was in fact very funny and kind. Sadly, when he died the shop shut and so a little bit more of the seaside heritage of Portobello faded. But we still have fond memories of buying a quarter of Cola Cubes from there.
Please note that this is a handmade print and there may be slight variations in the edition. Each piece is unique!