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This painting is inspired by the legend of the wizard Merlin. Folktales describe his origins and adventures as a friend, companion and mentor to the legendary King Arthur with a great degree of variety and inconsistency. I found myself favouring a wise, ageing wizard - his origins grounded in Celtic mythology. There's mysterious and a wild quality to this character which was a lot of fun to explore.
I really love doing these loose, expressive character paintings. They are about the expression and suggestion of a concept, an idea, an emotion or feeling, and they allow me to jump in head first and explore the character as I paint.