The image was loosely inspired by the Deserted Village on Achill Island off the west coast of Ireland where the stone cottages run along the southern slopes of Slievemore mountain.
There is an eerie feeling as you meander from cottage to cottage along the grassy tracks and fantastic views down to the bay. They were used as booleys within living memory. This is the practise of moving with your cattle to make the most of summer grazing on the mountainside. There is a much sadder history here too as many of the inhabitants were evicted by the landlord in the 1840's and were forced to leave their homes.
I made this lithograph entirely myself from beginning to end, from the initial idea, through painting and processing the image on the litho stone, proofing and printing the edition.