Why get a portrait? Why a portrait of yourself even?
Aren’t portraits hoity-toity? Pretentious? For the rich, famous, and eminently dull? (And often dead?) Portraits can seem vapid and a little vain.
But just like movies encompass things like Schindler’s List and Scary Movie 7 (or is it 8 now?), a portrait can be a lot of different things.
It can also be transformative, meaningful and insightful. It can mark a moment. It can give you the chance to see yourself through the eyes of someone else.
A portrait can say Here I am. It can remind you of you.
Our surfaces tell stories. And of course we can ignore those stories in favour of surface only: meaningless and empty, styled to tell a one-note tale.
Or we can choose to see the stories that our surfaces tell us: the stories hidden in our faces, in our cells.
We are all a rich, vibrant tapestry of our experiences and our choices, our values, hopes and fears.
A portrait can honour those threads that are inherent to us; it can illuminate and enshrine those things that make us so deliciously human.
Our own eyes become veiled and dusty when we look at ourselves – we see our failings, our shortcomings, our mistakes.
As an artist, I see so much more – I see your courage, your strength, your humour, your kindness, your generosity. All of the threads that make up you.
Examples of my portrait work
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