2017-20 - Faces

These paintings grew out of a fascination with faces and a desire to master drawing them.

Over 3 years I drew faces over and over again with many different media. Clear favourites emerged: charcoal and ink - their looseness and unpredictability delighting me.

At the same time I had been learning to paint and after a brief exploration of my favourite tea-drinking ritual, I returned to faces; playing with acrylics to start with. But the fast drying paint made it impossible to do what I wanted, and so I was excited to try oil paint in a faces class with India Mark. I was instantly hooked by the rich buttery texture, the ability to rework the paint until it captures exactly what you are after; and most of all, to render the subtle play of light on skin over bone.


These portraits attempt to capture something seen within the subject - strength, fragility, vulnerability, introspection, wonderment. They are quiet portraits that you can sink in to.

Fragility
Fragility , 2019 Oil on panel 20x20cm AU$550 Framed
Innocence
Innocence , 2020 Oil on panel 20x20cm AU$550 Framed
Memory of Charlotte
Memory of Charlotte , 2019 Oil on panel 20x20cm AU$550 Framed
Nibbles
Nibbles , 2020 Oil on panel 20x20cm AU$550 Framed
Contemplation
Contemplation , 2020 Acrylic & carbon on burlap 25x50cm AU$650 Framed
Dreaming of the Stars
Dreaming of the Stars , 2019 Acrylic on burlap 25x25cm SOLD
Untitled
Untitled , 2019 Charcoal on paper NFS
Inkyboo
Inkyboo , 2019 Ink on paper NFS
Z
Z , 2017 Ink on paper NFS
Untitled
Untitled , 2017 Monoprint on paper NFS