Terrance by Ray-d

A deviation from the normal.

Watercolour on Arches, cold-pressed Watercolour-Block

16"X 12"

No more than a mere child Terrence looked upon his native Jamaica as little more than a springboard to the rest of the world.

Restless and artistic he scrounged for material to paint his dreams.
Rice-paper wrapping left over from the purchases in shops had him create monsters and ships and cars and the sea.
Pencils, stolen from Bank-desks sharpened and re-sharpened till they were no more than stubs.

All the boys thought him a simpleton, his father thought him gay.
Such are the limitations of an island’s education. Life spares little charity for one unwilling to join a gang.

He grew up a strapping tall, strong lad; full of zest and courage but with nowhere to go, nothing to do.
He watched James Bond Movies whenever he could muster 4 pennies, and learned, what he thought, were the manners of a gentle-man.
And then he met Sophie.

Sophie was 55, he was 18.
She took his raw gentleness and turned it into the slow nights of passion.
She came to Jamaica every year to see him. She gave him her love and much of her money, he, his unblemished youth and unwavering attention.
Sophie married and English to the core wrote him letters of love but he learned that she would never help him get to his dream.

She still comes, 10 years later. He still makes sure she receives his perfect attention, but his only credentials being of the untold kind, known only by the women he befriends at the airport, makes his chances of getting out of Jamaica impossible!

A citizen of the world living predominantly on 3 continents.

Previously a Technical Designer and an Automotive designer.
Live in the European Summer on the island of Malta;
In the Asian Summer in Australia, in the American winter in the United States.

I live free of political intrigue and the need to be a part of a group. Nee nothing more than my computer, pad and paints and the will to explore humans to survive.

Retired in my 50s to find happiness, of which I am blessed.

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  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 4 years ago

    excellent lines…

  • Indeed Terrance is a favorite of mine as well.
    A portrait of a friend in Melbourne.

    – Ray-d

  • Velva
    Velvaabout 4 years ago

    wow… strong…

  • Thank you Velva.
    So sorry to have missed you comment.
    Thank you again.

    – Ray-d

  • Jules Baldwin
    Jules Baldwinabout 4 years ago

    AA…I was going ot say that this is one of my favourites…I see it is yours too…love structural quality to this…and of course the colours x

  • A friend I see often now I am in Malta.
    Painted this a year ago in Summer.
    He was sad and pensive, financial problems.
    I loaned him my car. He was happier.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...about 4 years ago

    You are so good!————-excellent watercolor, excellent portfolio.

  • I am blushing. Thank you. You are so, so kind.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • luvapples downunder/ Norval Arbogast
    luvapples down...about 4 years ago

    You are welcome. I consider it an honor to have had the privilege to view your paintings and read your wonderful words.

  • :o) So sweet.

    – Ray-d

  • banrai
    banraiabout 4 years ago

    great water paint

  • Thank you so very much Banrai.

    – Ray-d

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 4 years ago

    Very powerful Ray , Superb watercolor painting my friend .Wow I love your compelling Art .

  • Thank you Sir.
    Most kind of you.

    – Ray-d

  • Carmen Holly
    Carmen Hollyalmost 4 years ago

    I agree with Paul. Superb.

  • Thank you so very much Carmen.:o)

    – Ray-d

  • Françoise  Dugourd-Caput
    Françoise Dug...over 3 years ago

    extraordinary !

  • Thank you FDugourd

    – Ray-d

  • Bumchkin
    Bumchkinover 3 years ago

    wow! this is amazing :)

  • Thank you, thank you.:o)

    – Ray-d

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