Oil on Canvas, 20” x 16”
Amanda is the wife of James, a colleague of my son-in-law and portrait agent Nick Hull. Nick gained several portrait commissions for me (024 Paul Kennerley was the last one), but then changed jobs. After a couple of years he changed jobs again, now back working with his old colleagues. James approached him and asked if he could arrange for a portrait of his wife.
As is usual, I asked James to write a brief description of Amanda. This is what he wrote:
We live outside a small village on the River Stour, which marks the border between Suffolk and Essex. It's "Constable Country". Since we got married 23 years ago, Amanda's had her hands full raising our four kids. And while she's not had a full-time (paid) job during this time, she's always on the go - she's active in our local church (plays in the worship band, leads Sunday school), she does pre-marriage counselling, and she volunteers for an organisation called 'International Justice Mission' (IJM) a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
On a personal note, Amanda sometimes tells me that she doesn't think she's made much of her life. What I think she doesn't fully appreciate is just how many lives she has touched through her gentle kindness, her unflagging willingness to help those in need and her inability to ever say anything unkind about anybody. Of course, I think she's gorgeous, but it's the beauty of her inner personality that makes her really exceptional.
Amanda also has a real gift for hospitality and loves to entertain friends and family. There always seems to be someone staying with us. And because she's such a good cook, they keep coming back!