The artist chose the diagonal format for this painting of his friend ‘Deb’.
It’s a simplistic painting but one that has appeal. The creamy coloured background does not detract from the painting, and there’s a hint of Matisse and Derain (Fauves) techniques used here.
Lines are simple and paint was applied swiftly. Two primary colours, yellow and blue are the main colours, and these combined form the colour green. Touches of green can also be seen. Reddish paint forms Deb’s neck and separates the face from the body. Yellow highlights the dark colour of her hair.
Her face, though masklike, expresses contentedness.
Acrylic on Masonite, date unknown. (Cleaned and framed.)