Every picture tells a story

Here we look at some of my favourite pictures in detail


Twelve Winded SkyI recently came across archive material relating to this big picture and others that John Busby painted in those early years. In my grandfather’s scrapbooks dating back to the 1950’s were newspaper cuttings and exhibition programmes, receipts and letters relating to his son’s early career– a fascinating glimpse into the different world that is time past.

Notes from the Vestry minutes 1957-1960

With the stained glass in the original East Window of St Columba’s in a very poor state of repair, the church considered three options: to repair the glass (at the huge cost of £500), to fill in the windows making a complete East wall for a mural or wooden cross, or to board over the glass and hang a canopy over the altar. The Rector, the Revd Mark Kemp, was very keen on a mural, others on a canopy, but cost was a serious issue as the church was struggling financially at the time1.

Mural Notes by the Artist


The magnificent mural in the Scottish Episcopal Church of St Columbas-by-the-Castle in Edinburgh was painted by John Busby in the late 1950's. I recently found an article, published in their church Newsletter from April 1981, that explains the inspiration behind the mural and the Christian imagery used.