A Requiem for Donald


Billy Shannon

Acrylic on Canvas
183 x 213cm



A Requiem for Donald is a painting for my dear friend of nearly 40 years. Donald Hall was a musician and writer, as well as a beautiful influence on many people.

I was his live-in carer for the last 3 months of his life, and often he would play the piano while I cooked dinner for us. It was a beautiful time we shared together.

This work was painted about 2 months after he passed away, when I could no longer sleep. Donald is seen in his red, upstairs music room, gathering energy to play.

The proceeds from this painting will  help realise Donald’s wish that his old house, the “Blessed Academy” can be a place of music learning and performance, spreading his love of music and beauty.

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