74 x 115 cm
oil on canvas
This portrait won the 2014 peoples' choice award at the Adam Portrait Awards in Wellington. The exhibition had over 12,000 visitors anda selection toured all over New Zealand in 2014.
Terry grew up on a farm in Otorohanga and has allowed me free access over the years to study, take notes and photograph his daily farm life. Much of the reference for my paintings was derived from these visits. He is a good keen man that is overflowing with information about rural life in New Zealand and he is also, like many of these types, a fairly private individual. I wanted to capture a portrait of someone that wasn't completely comfortable with having that much scrutiny focused upon them and attempted to expose a little of that discomfort in the work.