In a remote village on the Atlantic coast of Ghana children flocked around, excited to see visitors and eager to gain attention, to see the magic of images of themselves on my camera screen. Happy, healthy little people dressed in ragged clothing... all except for one young girl who was dressed in expensive local Kente cloth - she was self-possessed and enigmatic. What was the story? I never found out, but she presented a perfect subject for a portrait infused with the hot and vibrant colours of Africa, one in a series featuring people of Ghana. She holds you with a penetrating gaze, at once curious, challenging - haunting. The eyes of the world follow Ghana's progress in the 21st Century, reflected in a background pattern based on a design I found on locally-produced cotton cloth. This painting is a watercolour. It has been exhibited in London with The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI).
Saunders Waterford 425g high white paper, Windsor and Newton watercolour paints