This is a painting in washes of black watercolour on a roughly circular piece of heavy watercolour paper cut by hand and not measured with a compass. The work was one of a series of very different pieces relating to the story of Joan of Arc: around that time I had been reading Marina Warner's book: Joan of Arc: the Image of Female Heroism, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 1981. The works often dealt with imagery of arms and armour, but were evocations, not illustrations, of the theme. In this piece, I was thinking of the contradiction between the front that Joan must have had to maintain in her military role, and the turbulent moods, conflict, and even depression which I imagined must have lain behind this, owing to the difficulty and danger of her predicament.