Oil on canvas 102cmx76cm
The sun scorching. A red hat outside the Route 62 wine shop in Ashton. The face of the car-guard, full of life and energy.
An internal, economic migrant, his story is one of survival, hardship and marginalisation. A reflection of much of our society. Yet his strength and pride at doing his job to the best of his ability shine through would could be mistaken for acceptance. Highlighted by his choice of hat.
The portrait is defined by his red hat which I did with an underpainting of French yellow. I used burnt sienna to giving the painting a rich luster. The contours of his face responding well to the cooler grey of ultramarine blue and burnt umber. The rose and raw Sienna mix balanced the face with the yellow tones of the red hat.