Frank McElhinney

A vintage style swimming cap covers Kate Clayton’s silver hair. A knot of faux pearls rests upon her chest. She does not fear aging but, as an older woman, she fiercely resists becoming invisible. Her powerful will to resist drives Kate’s epic feats of endurance swimming.

I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in June 2014 and have exhibited work in Scotland and internationally. On a cold day in April I accompanied the Silver Swimmer on a journey from her home in Glasgow down the River Clyde to the Isle of Bute where this portrait was made at Ettrick Bay.

SPA 2017 Exhibition, The Silver Swimmer, 42cm X 60cm (framed), Digital print, Not for sale