Resolute - Portrait of Commander 3rd Brigade - Brigadier John Caligari,
Oil on Hardwood
1200mm x 1000mm
2008 - (Special Commendation, The Percival portrait awards.
This portrait of Brigadier John Caligari was done in oils on stained hardwood and the shadow completed using a darker stain.
When it was entered in the Percival Portrait Awards in Townsville it won a runner up prize. It was later purchased by the members of 3rd Brigade and presented to the brigadier upon his departure.
One thing I learned from this painting is how heavy hardwood can be. I was trying to emulate the early Australian artists who often painted on wood. I wanted to keep the rich tones of the wood and have the figure appear to stand in front. What I did not expect was that the weight of the finished product which, when framed, weighed about 20 kg.
Artist and subject at the Percival Portrait Awards.