The Anatomy of Life” is a body of work, inspired by my father’s sudden and surprising triple bypass heart surgery. It is composed of traditional portraits of my father, but also anatomical works. I have always been interested in anatomy and felt this was the avenue to let me explore this interest.
There is an educational aspect to the works – as in medical illustration, but in a more gothic/romantic style. My aim was to combine the emotion and psychological pull of a realistic portrait with anatomical depictions of the heart, veins and other organs.
This is my portrait of Amanda Whitely. In this portrait I was trying to capture the real Amanda, in a relaxed pose. Amanda Whitley, founder of media brand HerCanberra, lives by the Nietzsche philosophy, “That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” Having overcome an eating disorder, and lived through miscarriage, infertility, and the premature birth of her youngest daughter she’s now riding the rollercoaster of entrepreneurship.”
Amanda is resilient to me for many reasons. One is how she takes an action-orientated approach to adversity; for example when her father recently died, she had the service, wake and funeral notice sorted within three hours!