It’s wonderful to be selected as a finalist for the BAM (Byron Arts Magazine) NATIONAL ART PRIZE. Congratulations and best wishes to all the finalists selected.

Offering both $5000 prize money and a unique visibility opportunity, the new BAM Art Prize offers a significant opportunity. The winner will be featured on the cover of BAM. First Prize and Highly Commended Award winners will be featured in the summer 2018 issue of BAM. Open to all artists nationwide, this new, non-acquisitive prize is for works of art in any medium.The inaugural prize will be presented on November 9, 2018. A finalists exhibition will be held at Byron Bay's Thomgallery in November. Byron Bay’s leading art gallery, Thomgallery features contemporary art and sculptures from renowned local and international artists and sculptors. All Finalists will be featured digitally.

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It's that time of year again where I like to challenge myself by taking on a portrait. A portrait for me is more than a mere representation of the sitter's appearance, expression or simple gestures of their biography. A portrait articulates the psyche between the sitter and the artist, presenting an opportunity to reveal the inner workings of the subject's mind through the artist's own intimate thoughts on life and doubt through an exploration of their existential being. Heartfelt thanks goes to Juz Kitson one of Australia's best contemporary artists for allowing me delve into her as a subject and for sitting for me for this painting titled 'Juz Kitson Imitating Venus'. I've been so privileged to be able to paint her.

'Juz Kitson Imitating Venus' oil on canvas, 220cm x 167cm, 2018

'Juz Kitson Imitating Venus' oil on canvas, 220cm x 167cm, 2018