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Despite my tendency to lapse into satire when I am rendering a likeness of someone I have been known to do the occasional “serious” portrait. It is an interesting challenge to explore the subtle, minute details in someones character that make them unique.
People have always played an central role in my artwork. I have made it a lifelong practice to study the human face in its’ infinite variations. Painting someone’s portrait is an opportunity to really focus on that. I always consider it an honour when I am handed a commission to create someone’s likeness.
Unlike the imposing, black suited effigies of important men you see in legislative arenas and hospitals a portrait can be a colourful celebration or tribute to the subject.