Persona: mask, character in a play. The aspect of someone’s character as shown to or perceived by others.
My art is about my fascination for people and what makes them the individuals they are, capturing their Persona in images. It is about what lies behind the likeness—behind the mask. I am intrigued by human faces, and how they reflect a state of mind, an emotion, a mood. With this comes an appreciation of the beauty of the human form, and the challenge to depict proportion, volume, direction, tension and the dynamics that are as much part of someone’s Persona as their face is.
The exhibition ‘Persona’ gives an overview of my work about portraying people’s individuality and character in charcoal, ink, pastel, watercolour and oil, on paper and on canvas. Most from life, some from on-line life drawing sessions while in lockdown, a few from photos or from original artwork by others, as seen in museums.
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.