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While Ian Paisley Jnr was saying this on our television screens, I was completing the image of Martin McGuinness below.

I was born in 1977 so the evolution of Martin McGuinness – and other figures in Northern Ireland – has been fascinating to watch. I wasn’t sure what to say about this picture. I wasn’t sure if I would share it. Has anyone from Ballymena ever painted a republican leader?

The Martin McGuinness of the last few weeks has taken me by surprise. He has confirmed that he is unwell but, seeing someone who had looked the same to me for thirty years, all of a sudden look so old and frail was shocking. I wanted to capture that in the painting.

I am not a unionist. I am not a republican. I don’t know where I fit…

But, Martin fascinates me. His contribution to life in Northern Ireland, whether you like it or not, will be remembered for a very long time.

And art doesn’t discriminate.

– Painted using Procreate, Apple Pencil, iPad Pro.