Coming From Cornwall - My Celtic Roots by Vanessa Barklay

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My Barklay ancestor is not from the Celtic nation of Scotland nor even Ireland but from the amazing land of Cornwall, one of the 7 Celtic Nations of the World.

Cornish people are different from the English and they embrace their Celtic heritage, with mythical legends such as King Arthur and his knights galloping into Camelot or Tintagel castle as today it is known…there is no Faeries in Cornwall, the Pixies drove them all out long ago…the magical Celtic land of Cornwall, the land of my great, great grandfather…

John Danell Barklay was born in 1842 in Truro, the only city in Cornwall, travelling around he left Great Britain and arrived in America where he joined the Federal Army for a while, moving on to Australia, first settling in South Australia he became manager and inspector of silver and lead mines. He eventually settled in Durham County, Newcastle, NSW, Australia and became a mining shareholder leasing Eaton’s Hotel where he was very well respected as being an excellent host for his guests.
John married Elizabeth Meyn in 1872 and they had 5 children, 1 being my great grandfather Harold Barklay…
My Cornish ancestor died in 1889 leaving us a legacy of Celtic and Cornish roots in the Barklay family and I for one embrace my ancestry and here is a work dedicated to My Celtic Roots…

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This is a work made up of 3 layered images, a Celtic Cross from the cemetery, a Celtic Knot fractal creation made in Incendia and then a map of Cornwall superimposed as well with the colours I was seeking, the bright green Celtic colour with the purple of Merlins magical legends and then you can see the stone Celtic Cross has given me a stone castle wall look incorporated in too, many factors to see in here…

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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMalmost 5 years ago

    Ahh a woman after my own heart…Anyone you could throw my way????

  • lol We have lots getting around! Glad you enjoyed this Angel, thanks! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekalmost 5 years ago

    Interesting and fun Family History!! I don’t know much about Celtics, but this work is awesome!!

  • That is great to hear stephanie, so glad you enjoyed it! THANK YOU! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 5 years ago

    This is beautiful Vanessa and I very much enjoy reading your wonderful story.

  • Thank you very much Sharon, your comment is much appreciated! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Helen Corr
    Helen Corralmost 5 years ago

    Hey Vanessa – cool idea – there are many ways to represent who we are – graphically, by identifying with people, by what we do, or beleive, or all of those … this made me think, and inspired my to come up with my own version of ‘my cultural heritage’ – maybe this idea would make a good challenge???

  • Hey yeah, nice idea! I would love to see you do one for yourself too, I found it very rewarding, thanks alot Helen, always love to hear your thoughts! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • astarart
    astarartalmost 5 years ago

    Great work Vanessa !this is beautiful.

  • Thanks alot, I appreciate the comment! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • TeriLee
    TeriLeealmost 5 years ago


  • Oh wow, what a surprise, I saw your comment but didn’t see the Feature until opening my message, wonderful TeriLee, thrilled to bits, thanks heaps for the recognition! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • walela
    walelaalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful creation!

  • Thank you so much for your nice comment! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations, this is great work

  • Thanks so much, I really enjoyed making this and am thrilled you chose it to Feature!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful image and a great family history. . .

  • Thanks alot Hugh, it was in a letter that was sent to us, I thought it was nice to do :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouillealmost 5 years ago

    I love the dark rich colours, textures and mystical ambience. :)

  • Thanks alot, I am glad you liked that, I do too! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

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