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Monthly ArchiveSeptember 2005

Richard And Trisha.

IMGP8846s40cm x 60cm. Portrait of Richard and Trisha Duke in the wedding limousine. Phillip Carrero.

 

I knew Trisha Phoon from the days of helping users of Ms Access database in the Microsoft newsgroups.

I had done another portrait of Trisha Phoon previously so I was honored to be commissioned to do this one for the happy couple.

It is a fact that some portraits are easy to paint, some not so and for no apparent reason. This one was a pleasure to do. So much so that I used their pencil versions in classes to teach how to draw many times over.

All my customers are special in their own way, but if I get them as nice as Trisha and Richard have been through the years well, I’ll be doing ok!

 

Nicole Kidman, “Wisdom”

Nicole's wisdom20 x 16. Oil on canvas board,

Nicole Kidman. Phillip Carrero.

 

In January of 2006, Nicole was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women.

Nicole serves as an Ambassador of the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and has served as patron of the Australian Theatre of Young People, which she attended as an aspiring young actor. She is a UNICEF Ambassador for Australia and, most recently, she voiced her support of the Women’s Cancer Program at Stanford University with Dr. Jonathan Berek. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she helped raise nearly half a million dollars for the Women’s Cancer Program, a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women’s cancer.

Award-winning actress, activist and Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole is above all things a devoted wife and mother. She is never happier than when she’s spending time with her family. She is married to country music star Keith Urban and they have a 2 daughters, Sunday Rose,3, and Faith Margaret, born in December 2010. Nicole has two teenage children, Isabella and Connor, from her first marriage to Tom Cruise.

The lines? I wanted to depart from the conventional while remaining realistic.

Nicole “Bewitched”

Nicole20 x 16. Oil on canvas board,

Nicole Kidman. Phillip Carrero.

 

Nicole Kidman’s first acting role was as a sheep in a school nativity play. She was five years old. By l0 she had joined an acting school and by 14 she had her first lead role in the Australian film Bush Christmas. By the time Nicole was 19 the acclaimed Hollywood director George Miller (Babe, Happy Feet) had written the TV mini-series Vietnam and Bangkok Hilton for her to star in.

 Nicole says she is lucky because she knew from a very young age that she wanted to build her life around acting. Her dream has come true.

Nicole was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Australian parents Anthony (a biochemist and clinical psychologist) and Janelle (a nursing instructor). The Kidman family moved to Sydney when Nicole was three and she soon developed an early love for ballet, mime and drama. Her dedication to acting led to Australian Film Industry Award nominations when she was just 14 (BMX Bandits). She won an AFI Best Actress award at age 17 for the TV mini-series Vietnam.

Cate

Cate23 x 16. Oil on primed board. Oh My. . . It’s Cate Blanchet!

Phillip Carrero.

 

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Australia to an American father and an Australian mother. She has an older brother and an younger sister. When she was ten years old, her 40-year old father died of a sudden heart attack. Her mother never remarried, and her grandmother moved in to help her mother. Cate graduated from Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim.

 

Even a compact biography on Cate would take ten times longer than the above. In a few words though, I painted Cate because

  1. She is Australian,
  2. I admire her acting, personality and career
  3. I’ve seen most of her movies, at least the major ones
  4. The combination of blonde hair and the cadmium red leather coat is visually impressive.