'Untitled' (2017) 20" x 20" Oil on linen
Lila-Pearl asleep... I sat at the end of Lila's bed, just watching her sleep. I was overcome with disbelief and pain. How could this have happened to such a young child? Lila-Pearl and her Daddy were inseparable, it was so unfair. Mark had looked after Lila-Pearl every day since she was 9 months old, when I returned to work after maternity leave, right up until she went to school. He then picked her up from school every day and was never late. They loved spending the school holidays together. Mark was always there for Lila-Pearl, but then all of a sudden he was gone. As I sat at the end of the bed, watching Lila-Pearl sleeping, I made the decision that this would not ruin her life. Mark would have hated that. I will do everything I can to make sure Lila-Pearl has a happy childhood. It has been so difficult, but we are on this journey together. We talk about Daddy all the time. He will always be close to us in our hearts, and having him there will keep us strong.
About the Artist
Thea Penna Paulding
I was born in Harlow, Essex, and after completing my Art Foundation course at Harlow college I moved to Wakefield for three years where I studied Surface Pattern Design at Bretton Hall college of Art (part of Leeds University), which I loved. I was encouraged to use portraiture in my textile…View full profile