This image was painted by Paul Leli and I remember when I saw his painting I decided that painting was what I wanted to do, I wanted to create pieces of work and receive a similar reaction. And also if I never had found Leli I wouldn't have discovered Jack Labadie who has remained as my inspiration since the day I stumbled upon his work. I first tried this portrait about 4 years ago and my attempt was horrendous. 2nd attempt about 3 years ago maybe wasn't too bad but I didn't capture the likeness, so for me this really shows a huge step in my development.
Oil and Acrylic