This imagery was inspired by Loreena Mckennitt's
version of The Highwayman
on her album The Book of Secrets.
I recently wrote a letter to the song artist thanking her for her inspiration in my life. Throughout my five years at high school, my art teachers played daily Loreena Mckennitt's The Visit
. I now own all of her albums as my art music, in which I find compelling inspiration.
The image portrayed in this painting is based on the poem by Alfred Noyes The Highwayman, where the highwayman meets his lover, Bess, at the inn:
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door...
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Bess, the landlord's daughter,
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair...
"One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize to-night,
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
Yet, if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
Then look for me by moonlight,
Watch for me by moonlight,
I'll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way."