This piece was a collaboration between Richard and I, stemming off the initial idea of a portrait with piebald skin and then incorporating a few symbols that have significance to Richard. As I've mentioned, I often look to Baudelaire for inspiration and his poem Elevation ended up being my personal mental narrative for the painting.
Whose thoughts, like larks, rise on the freshening breezeWho fans the morning with his tameless wings,
Skims over life, and understands with ease
The speech of flowers and other voiceless things.
Speaking of Richard, the last portrait I did of him for his show at the Shelburne Museum continues to bring me luck as it was chosen for this year's Leurzer's Archive of the 200 best Illustrators World Wide.
I actually had two pieces accepted into Leurzer's. The other was my 'Echo' painting:
But I decided to only show one piece in the book this year.