Portraits: Mercy

Published: 17 July, 2017

She is a beautiful woman whose calmness I was keen to capture.

As the sittings unfolded, there were three two-hour portrait sittings, I wanted to wrap a narrative around her, a wisdom, a relation to the land and a waterfall. I had encouraged her to wear a white skirted dress which created almost wave like shapes. The base of the painting remains quite fluid and suggestive, which crashes against the diagonal of her descending braided hair.  Where she stops and starts is intended to be ambiguous. A theme current in my “Falling Series”; where do we dissolve into the landscape to reappear again?

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