This is the final piece for my Gold Arts Award. I wanted to challenge myself to develop in contemporary art, building on my love of portraiture. In this painting I have explored texture having been inpsired by the texture of the clay when learning about handbuilding. The texture was achieved by painting on wood so that the grain showed through. Also using different thicknessnes of paint and using a dry brush sometimes rather than a wet brush. I have also tried to bring depth to the painting with the background colour and a muted grey tree drawing the eye in.
The painting is a stylised self portrait. The sunflowers are my favourite flowers and bring a vibrancy to the painting. I have a love of jewellery and so painted my favourite earrings on the tree. The thorns represent the constant pain that my back gives me.