Oil on canvas, 20" x 20"
This is the painting that started my career as a portrait painter. It came about because George Melly died. I saw a magazine photograph of him in his fancy clothes and exuberant attitude. I thought the pose would be suitable for a self-portrait.
I didn't paint it very well, but the pose carries it off. I had started the painting before I had retired from being a Software Design Manager in the Process Control Industry.
On retirement I started Art Class, so I put this painting to one side and painted seascapes, skies, forests etc. At the end of term I had a week to fill so I took this self-portrait in to finish. It caused a bit of stir. My tutor, Bob Reeves, suggested that I should specialise in painting portraits.
In the painting the tie illustrates my interests. An Arsenal badge, Welsh Rugby badge, and an onion, to represent my productive vegetable allotment. There is also a miniature of the whole painting to represent my interest in puzzles.