Artist's description:

When the celebrated portrait artist Sir John Lavery ­- born on St Patrick's Day, 1856, in Belfast - was asked by the Irish Government to create the female personification of Ireland he painted his wife and fellow artist Hazel; her image appeared on Irish banknotes for 50 years. Hazel's family, the Martyns, had emigrated from Galway to Chicago and she and John married in 1909. During their lifetime together she was to sit for more than 400 portraits by him.

It's always a challenge and a delight to create a painting as this study of the work of the great portraitist Sir john Lavery and particularly of this iconic image known to many Irish people.

I used hand-made oil paints and stretched and prepared the canvas myself so as to follow the original painting as close as possible, brush stroke for brush stroke, which leads one to feel as if one is stepping into the artist's very own shoes! A magical and edifying experience.

I hope you enjoy this classic piece as much as I enjoyed recreating it!

Artist is represented in Ireland by Mud Island Art.

Materials used:

Oil on canvas

Study after Sir John Lavery's portrait of his wife Hazel as Ireland (2016)


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