I came across a picture called ‘Portrait of a Man’ by Willard Clay, who I really do not know much about. I do know that Willard possibly photographed a Native American man sometime ago in the badlands of North Dekota. I first saw the photograph on a book cover, ‘The Native Americans’ An Illustrated History. It caught my eye immediately. When I researched it a little bit more I found that the man in the photo did not have a name. The caption on the picture simply read ‘portrait of a man’ by Willard Clay. I decided to draw from the photo and made it into this watercolour. I have a tendency of starting with the eyes. In doing so I make an immediate connection with the subject I am working on. Whenever I draw ideas always come to me and in a flash I saw the man’s head transform into the land, and went with it. The idea being you and I are part of the land, the sea, the animals, the plants, the sky, the history, everything. We all come from somewhere, and our connection is closer than what we may think.
I felt that watercolour really suited this portrait, and I went with some really nice pigments and used a high quality paper. If there’s one thing I do feel is important, it would be using quality materials. If you are going to spend time on something you love doing, than doing it with the best available products is the way to go. I want to provide people with the most beautiful art that brings a sense of calm, peace and tranquillity in this lifetime.
portrait of an unknown man