I had met Dale Copeland in TACO and we had become "Good Friends". I joined her to live in Puniho, coastal Taranaki and we had a daughter.
A true child of the Renonsense.|
I had become aware of the painter Lucien Freud and I admired his work very much. I was also trying to get away from the hard edged influence and
I started using white lead and painting more directly and with more impasto. In a way it was a return to how I was using paint when I started with
oils. but with a greater confidence and facility.
I had also discovered the paintings of the Israeli artist Avigdor Arikha. He also worked more directly and had done self portraits with an open
mouth which I thought was interesting.
This painting won the TSB sponsored Taranaki Review at the Govett Brewster in 1987 and is now in the TSB's collection.