When my mother died in 2010, much to my astonishment
I found these four paintings in her portfolio. The area that
she painted is exactly half way between my home and my
The Crinan Canal is world famous. Every year nearly 2000
boats make the journey along the 9 miles of "Britain's most
beautiful shortcut". Once an important commercial connection
with the Western Isles, most of the traffic is now pleasure craft.
We call the area 'Dalriada'- an ancient coastal kingdom at the
Heart of Argyll. The canal links Loch Fyne at Ardrishaig with the
Sound of Jura, creating a vital waterway through the Kintyre
peninsula in the Heart of Argyll. It is an outstanding piece of
engineering with a dramatic history.
During World War II - April - July 1942, my mother Kaye Marris
joined her husband Lt. Edward Marris who was stationed at the
Knapdale Internment Camp at Cairnbaan by Lochgilphead, Argyll,
Scotland. He had suggested that she should come up and stay
there to escape the London air raids, as I discovered from his
letters which she had kept.
My mother was a textile designer who had studied at the
Medway College of Art, Rochester, Kent, where she lived.
She never knew that we had moved here.
Life is very strange !