48.4 x 39.4 cm (image)
Kyabram P-12 College, Kyabram
Inspired by my Pa’s positive outlook on life, I created a realistic portrait which captured his warm, caring character. I felt it was important to represent him as a dignified man despite his old age. This portrait shows him reflecting contentedly on his life and conveys reflection and nostalgia as positive experiences. By using fine charcoal pencils I was able to emphasise the rough texture of his skin – evidence of his many years of dedicated work on the land.