I've been told that I capture the essence of a person's soul in my portraits, a very nice compliment that I try to live up to.
"After the Fall" here shows 4 out of a commissioned series of 9. The fall in this case was a nasty one that could have been fatal but was not. It brought mortality too close to this man, however, as can be seen in this sequence. "After the Fall #2 was chosen to be part of the annual competitive show in Cambridge Studio Gallery in Melbourne.
"Paul, Kintsugi Man" was done on his request, not many months before Paul died. Kintsugi is a Japanese art form in which valued but broken ceramics are repaired with gold - and become yet more valuable. Paul had many scars, some from rough bike riding on Australian outback terrain, some from years of fighting a tough cancer. He saw kintsugi as a metaphor for himself, and asked me to paint him with his scars in gold. This painting was a semi-finalist (one of 132 out of over 1000 entries) in the Australian Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, in 2018.
"Sid's Mother" was painted solely on the basis of the poem, and - happily - the poet loved it. Ted's Friend and Sunshine are older works, both from models, both watercolour.
"Man of Peace" shows two overlapping images of the man who started the Sydney Peace Prize, given annually now. The two images of him give a hint of his very active face and hands, sometimes intense in conversation and sometimes quiet in contemplation.
"After the Fall #2" oil on panel 34x34 cm, 14x14 inches, commission, Virginia, USA
"After the Fall #4" oil on panel 34x34 cm, 14x14 inches, commission, Virginia, USA
"After the Fall #5" oil on panel 34x34 cm, 14x14 inches, commission, Virginia, USA
"After the Fall #6/6" oil on panel 34x34 cm, 14x14 inches, commission, Virginia, USA
"Man of Peace" oil on canvas, 6 x 3 ft, 183 x 92 cm, collection of the Artist
"Sunshine" watercolour, 61x46 cm, 24x18 inches, private collection, USA
"Paul, Kintsugi Man" oil on board, commission, Alice Springs, Australia
"Sid's Mother" based on poem by Sidney Simon: "My Mother Smelled of Something Sour," poet's collection, Florida, USA
"Ted's Friend" watercolour, collection of the artist