Hamilton Gallery in Sligo invited a selection of artists to contribute to their exhibition ‘Christmas Miscellany’ which opened in the early weeks of December 2017. I painted the six pieces shown below especially with the exhibition in mind. Themes of day-dreaming and escape run though the work, those moments when we find ourselves staring into space, lost in thought, given permission by the uncluttered vastness of what we are looking at to allow ourselves moments of quiet clarity in comparison to the frantic business of the world below.