Riggs(Oil on Canvas 16” x 20”)
The portrait series is a number of works made for the artist’s friends. Each image is painted the same with a pose that best represents their characters.
The colours used for each image are chosen based on the colour or colours best associated with the subject, helping give each image its own individuality.
The first of the series, this work was the catalyst of all the portraits to follow. As this is the first in the series, some experimentation in the use of colour and composition has occurred. Instead of centralising the image, it has been moved to the side in order to show more space and to bring the lighter colours into play, giving the impression there is a light source behind the figure. This works in reinforcing the shadow at the front of the image and on the sides of the painting.