The Promise

The Promise by Patrick Samuel
Oil pastels on off-white paper
23x31cm approx
Original available
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I remember my mother holding me in her arms, rocking me gently and soothing my unquiet spirit. I can still see her; looking up at her face as she touched my fingers and pressing her nose against mine.

There’s a silent promise, isn’t there, that parents make to their infants in these moments? A promise of love, tenderness and protection…