Oil on canvas, 20" x 20"
Harry is my uncle, my Mum’s brother. I often take photos of friends and relatives so that I always have a choice of someone to paint when I am ready for another and no commission is in the offing. These ‘freebies’ are valuable, since they allow me to experiment – for a commission it is best to avoid risks.
When I was painting the creases on the lighter side of his face, I was amazed to find that they were identical to my own. It has been referred to many times that I look similar to my Dad, so it was a surprise to discover that I have facial features inherited from the Bennett side of my family. Unfortunately, in later life I have also developed the same neck flaps that Harry has.
Harry has an inquisitive nature, so we kept the portrait secret from him, and then on completion we displayed it in my daughter Vicky’s front window, because he passes the house on his usual morning walk. The idea was that he would get a pleasant surprise. However, a neighbour of his saw it before he did and told him about it.
I entered it into a local Art & Craft competition. It won First Prize.