This series was both a challenge and a pleasure to paint. My customer approached me with so many ideas, it was hard to pin him down to one. The reason for this was that it was to be a 90th birthday present to the customer’s sister and man was she one interesting lady!
This world-traveller, budding cook, jazz lover, Manchester dweller who suffered no fools and had chain-smoked her way through life to this ripe old age showed no signs of slowing down.
Add to these innumerable interests a moodboard as long as the M1 and the trial of trying to whittle it down to one was nigh on impossible. Which is why we ended up with four such disparate pieces that actually ended up working really well against each other.
Django Reinhardt was the first painting I tackled and he was finished in a matter of days. The paint simply flowed and it was such a joy to slap that white around and create some real texture, especially around Django’s notorious burnt left hand.
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Sorry – this piece has either sold or was a commission with no prints.
But don’t despair! While I won’t ever recreate the exact same artwork, I can do something similar, so get in touch and let me know what you’re after.