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This painting is loosely based on The Torrs, a deep gorge that runs through the town of New Mills, Derbyshire. An old oak tree grows out of a rocky outcrop, holding on impossibly to the steep sides of the cliff. A jackdaw perches on a branch, and in the distance the spire of St. George’s church can be seen. There is a warm glow in the early morning sky, and a single figure can be seen in the bottom of the gorge. This is a personal painting about the determination and strength of the human spirit.