I've done portraits, often on request of the subject. 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 meet.
"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 tough bike riding on Australian outback terrain, some from 3 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.