90x70cm | Oil on Canvas | Approx 35 hours work
About 6 years ago I had a customer who hired me to paint a portrait of his daughter, when I produced the final piece he was not impressed. He was unkind about my work and had clearly expected a different style than the one I work in. (honestly, if you don't like an artists style why would you hire them?) It was a very ugly situation and I ended up refunding him all his money even though the painting had taken me weeks to complete. The incident really knocked my confidence and for a long time I could hear his nasty words in my head every time I went near a canvas.
This is the first portrait I have painted since that day, and it's been a liberation, and a catharsis to paint a portrait and truly enjoy it again. What a road it has been. You can expect to see lots more paintings from me, now the block has gone I just can't keep away from the canvas.
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Original photograph by Rudi Wells, used with permisson www.rudiwells.com