Dear Mrs Gaudin,
I have been viewing your website about Elizabeth Goudge recently as I have discovered my father, who died in May this year, was a secret fan of her stories.
My father was a Guernsey man who at the age of 11 was evacuated from the island in the second world war. On his return nearly 6 years later he discovered his talent for art and soon found himself at the Royal Academy in London on a 5 year course. He continued painting for 60 years up to the year 2004,
On viewing his paintings, particularly the ones he did in the 1990’s, I found he had hidden stories and portraits in his work. In one painting there is a story with a king and a lady in it along with images of a child. For some reason Elizabeth Goudge and her book “a child from the sea” came to mind. My father had mentioned an author who came to Guernsey as a child and he did mention that he hid a lady in his painting but after 20 years I had forgotten until I started studying his work. I now believe that he also hid the story of the “White Witch” in it too as there is also a very pale hidden lady in it.
Here is a link to the painting: kwhillpaintings/paintings/mystery-paintings-2 The photograph is of greatly reduced quality because I am cautious about putting things on the Web, but I can supply a much better quality one if required. The painting is the second one down and the images are not easy to see, particularly because of the reduced quality, but if someone was prepared to spend a few minutes looking then more and more begging to be seen.
There may be other stories by Elizabeth Goudge in other paintings but I have not studied many yet.
I hope you find the painting interesting.
(son of ken Hill)