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Abigail

Abigail

Abigail

“Abigail”
40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
This is both the last painting in the mini-series and the new one after a long hiatus in painting.
As all others, this portrait is for sale. It was almost finished for six  months at least in the fear I didn’t know how to paint any longer. One day last week I did her remaining left arm and hand in about 15 minutes and signed it off. I can’t tell if in fact this arm is any better or worse painted than the rest of her, but I did wonder why couldn’t I finish it before… there is artists for you!

Phillip

Marcus from Egypt


“Marcus from Egypt”
40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
It had been a while since I painted a black face. Notwithstanding time I loved it as much as the first time. For some reason I find black skin so much richer in color and intensity that it become a constant discovery to portray likeness and depth of expression in one place.
Pure color never ends and thanks to people like Marcus I love painting!!

Phillip

Boy painting for Marina


“Boy painting for Marina”
40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
This is a painting I did for , one of my students as part of the art class.
I do the first portrait, we share the second one, by me doing the difficult bits and the student the easier. Finally the student will do the third and I only intervene as necessary.
This is the stage that can take either a short or a long time, depending on the person. My goal is to see a degree of autonomy in the student. This may or may not include a personal style showing yet, rather a base upon which he/she can grow further. Guidance is still necessary but that varies with the individual too.

Phillip

Toddler Study 2017


“Toddler study”
40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
As part of my objective to,

  1. Gain back the time spent without painting, and
  2. Create a ready to show portfolio of works to use as a guideline
  3. Not use storage space, therefore a canvas pad became ideal.
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Naomi 2017


“Naomi.” 40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″)
Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
On the happy side with this study after 2.5 years in the doldrums.
My eyesight got adjusted to the glasses as part of natural process, instead of having to solve the problem of focusing the lenses to my painting distance. Quite handy…
Next I hope they iron the details of multi-focal contact lenses as I would find even better  

Phillip

Dani 2014

DS2014_1Dani Samuels 2014, 23″ x 31.5″ (48 x 80cm). Oil on primed board. Phillip Carrero.
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At the very moment I was signing this painting Dani was on fire, throwing a new personal best of 67.99m in Weisbaden, Germany. First  competition of this European Tour, Glasgow 2014 Comm Games year… the best is yet to come, go Dani!

Today Dani Samuels has inched closer to the 20-year-old Australian women’s discus record. The reigning national champion and Glasgow 2014 bound discus thrower improved her personal best three times with three consecutive throws to 67.99m on the last attempt.

Her new PB moves her to second on the Australian all-time list behind only the 68.72m national record of Daniela Costian, set in 1994.

Samuels’ effort won the competition ahead of Julia Fischer of Germany, who threw 66.46 in second place.

(from http://www.athletics.com.au/News/Article-Details/ArtMID/5111/ArticleID/8095/Samuels-PB)

2003 World Youth Shot Put 25/27 Qual DNQ 11.59m
2005 World Youth Discus Throw 1/34 Final 1st 54.09m
2006 Commonwealth Games Discus Throw 3/14 3rd 59.44m
2006 World Cup Discus Throw 6/9 6th 59.68m
2006 World Junior Discus Throw 1/27 Final 1st 60.63m
2007 World Championships Discus Throw 13/28 Qual 60.44m DNQ
2007 Universiade Discus Throw 2/17 2nd 60.47m
2008 Olympic Games Discus Throw 9/38 Final 60.15m
2009 World Championships Discus Throw 1/40 Final 1st 65.44m
2009 Universiade Discus Throw 1/21 Final 1st 62.48m
2010 World Cup Discus Throw 4/8 4th 61.34m
2011 World Championships Discus Throw 10/24 Final 10th 59.14m
2012 Olympic Games Discus Throw 12/35 Qual 63.97m; Final 12th 60.40m
2013 World Championships Discus Throw 10/26 Qual 62.85m; Final 10th 62.42m
National Competition
2004-05 Aust. Junior T & F Shot Put 1 15.01m
Discus Throw 1 53.09m
2004-05 Aust. T & F Shot Put 4 (2nd Aust.) 14.71m
Discus Throw 2 (1st Aust.) 55.78m
2005-06 Aust. T & F Shot Put 2 (1st Aust.) 15.98m
Discus Throw 2 (1st Aust.) 56.67m
2006-07 Aust. Junior T & F Shot Put 1 16.19m
Discus Throw 1 58.48m
2006-07 Aust. T & F Shot Put 2 (1st Aust.) 16.17m
Discus Throw 1 60.40m
2007-08 Aust. T & F Discus Throw 1 62.95m
2008-09 Aust. T & F Shot Put 3 (1st Aust.) 16.30m
Discus Throw 1 60.05m
2009-10 Aust. T & F Discus Throw 1 63.61m
2010-11 Aust. T & F Discus Throw 1 61.79m
2011-12 Aust. T & F Shot Put 1 16.65m
Discus Throw 1 62.34m
2013-14 Aust. T & F Discus Throw 1 66.81m

Phillip

Vaulter article March 5, 2014

Phillip Carrero Captures the Art of Vaulting in Painting of American Legend Joe Dial

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Australian Phillip Carrero’s giant oil on canvas captures Joe Dial soaring 18-8 in 1986, one of the most memorable vaults in the American legend’s illustrious career.

By Grant Overstake

[Reprinted from the March 2014 Issue of VAULTER MAGAZINE]

For more than forty years, Australian master painter Phillip Carrero has meticulously captured the likenesses of public figures, military heroes, and outstanding athletes, whose images are on display at the Olympics Athletic Centre in Sydney.

The stunning oil on canvas by Phillip Carrero is presented to American legend Joe Dial as a surprise birthday gift at costume pole-vault fund-raiser for the ORU track program. The crowd cheered as Shawna and Joe posed with two of their three children, Tyler, at left, and Tommy.

The painting was a birthday gift presented at a fund-raiser for the ORU track program. Shawna and Joe posed with two of their three children, Tyler, at left, and Tommy.

Over and above all, however, the artist from Down Under is on top of the world when painting the graceful athletes who soar in one of the world’s most beautiful and artistic sports — pole-vaulting.

Carrero’s dual passions are manifested in his most recent work, a stunning image of American legend Joe Dial, one of the world’s all-time great vaulters.

Dial, who was the first high school pole-vaulter to clear 18 feet, and the first college pole-vaulter to clear 19 feet, is the first US vaulter to have his career captured by the world’s greatest painter of pole-vaulters.

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Phillip Carrero with his portrait of discus thrower Dani Samuels, the youngest world champion in the event. Many of Carrero’s paintings are on display at the Olympics Athletic Centre in Sydney.

In the painting, the former world-record holder is shown clearing the bar at an indoor meet held at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City in 1986 with an American flag as a backdrop.

Because it was his first painting of an American pole-vaulter, Carrero was compelled to do his best work. “I was acutely aware I had been asked to do a painting of an American icon and really wanted to produce something as good as the subject was,” he said.

The artwork was commissioned as a surprise 51st birthday gift by Joe’s wife, Shawna.

“The biggest meaning of this painting is that everything I’m passionate about comes together in it: painting, pole-vaulting and Jesus,” added Carrero, who like the Dials, is a Christian.

For the past twenty seasons,Joe has been the head coach of the Oral Roberts University Cross Country and Track & Field programs, presiding over the most successful era in Golden Eagle history. His wife Shawna is an assistant coach at ORU.

Just as Dial will always remember soaring over 18-8, Carrero will never forget the artistic thrill of turning a grainy photo into a stunning work of art, which was a towering feat in itself.

Carrero relied on grainy photos and details from Shawna and others to create a stunning work of art.

The painting on canvas was unrolled in October, 2013, at Vaultober, a costume pole-vault fund-raiser for the program. The crowd cheered as Shawna and Coach Dial, decked in camouflage, posed with two of their three children, Tyler and Tommy. The teary-eyed legend was overwhelmed.

“Shawna’s always doing nice things for me but this was a great and very fun surprise,” Dial said. “I’m honored to have a painting from Phil Carrero and for him to take the time to do such a great work and put so much effort into it. It’s obvious that he loves the pole-vault.”

As Joe recalls, the painting captures a poignant day in his career.

“This was one week after I set the indoor world record. I was on a 5-meter, 16.4 flex pole. The bar was at 18-8 and I made it extremely easy. But I’d found out hours before the meet that Serge Bubka had just broken my world record, and I failed to regain the world record back that day. Even so, it was a fun moment in time because all my family and friends were in the stands watching.”

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Paul “Budgie” Burgess by Phillip Carrero. The first Australian-born vaulter to clear 6 meters, Burgess topped the world rankings in 2006.

Just as Dial will always remember soaring over 18-8, Carrero will never forget the artistic thrill of turning a grainy photo into a stunning work of art, which was a towering feat in itself.

“My challenge as an artist was to portray an athlete I had never met, and whom I certainly didn’t know personally in 1986, from a photo that didn’t help,” Carrero said.

Australian vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva, winner of Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship medals.

Tatiana Grigorieva won Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship medals.

While the photo captures the moment, Joe’s face is unrecognizable, his hands are blurry, and there’s no detail visible in the socks, shoes, pole or crossbar. So, Carrero solicited help from friends who competed against Joe in those years. They provided him with color photos of the type of pole and the crossbar used back then, and Shawna came up with color photos of the shorts and singlet her husband wore on that day. To capture the person behind the pole-vaulter, Carrero relied on Shawna’s descriptions, and articles in the press and how they portrayed him.

“From that I had to build a personality as close to that of Joe as I could, and reflect all that in the painting as faithfully as I could,” Carrero added. The artist rendered the scene in every detail, even capturing the transparency of the fiberglass pole, and the sticky spray material on the tape grip.

Australian legend Steve Hooker, gold medalist  at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Australian legend Steve Hooker, gold medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The thrilling moment came when Joe told him the painting, “Looks just like the jump felt… Awesome!” An accomplished artist herself, Shawna critiqued the painting in one word… Fabulous!

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carrero began painting and pole-vaulting in his early teens. The artist and athlete devoted every waking hour to these passions, leaving little room for anything else. By the late 1960′s, Carrero’s artistic career was in full-flight, and, at age 19, he pole-vaulted to a world-class height of 4.20 meters (13-8) on an old-school aluminum pole.

Today he pursues his passion for painting and pole-vaulting in his adopted home of Sydney, where he also is an Level III pole-vault coach.

Graphite and charcoal drawing of Australian Steve Hooker, Olympic gold medalist.

Graphite and charcoal drawing of Steve Hooker, Olympic gold medalist.

A native of Marlow, Okla., Dial set the current Class 2A state record in the long jump with a leap of 23’05″ in 1981. He was the Oklahoma Class 2A state long jump champion in 1980 and 1981, and was a four-time state champion in the pole vault (1978-81). Dial was the first high school pole vaulter to clear 18 feet.

Dial attended Oklahoma State University where he was a four-time NCAA and six-time Big 8 Conference pole vault champion. Dial was the first collegiate pole vaulter to clear 19 feet, as he broke the Big Eight Conference record at the 1985 championships after vaulting 19’01.5”. He was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame in 2002.

Australian Olympian Youcef Abdi specializes in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Australian Olympian Youcef Abdi specializes in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

Joe was the indoor world record-holder in the pole vault in 1986, 19-43/4 (5.91). He also held the American pole vault record for nine years (1985-94), breaking his own record nine times in that span. Joe’s personal record is 19’6 ½ (5.96). He won the bronze medal at the 1989 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. In 2011, Joe Dial was inducted into the Pole Vault Hall of Fame.

His coaching resume at ORU includes three NCAA National Championships, including one by seven-time All-American pole-vaulter, Jack Whitt, who won the NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault in 2012 and placed second last season. Whitt, who turned pro last summer, was ranked No. 3 in the US in 2013.

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Craig Schulstad, NSW Pole Vault Record Holder, Homebush 2002, by Phillip Carrero.

Joe won many medals and trophies during his career. Some have been pulled out of storage and are on display at Marlow High School, Oklahoma State, and in the track office at ORU. The mementos mean more to him now, reminding him of what he accomplished and the places he vaulted around the world.

The new painting is perhaps the greatest memento of all.

“I always wondered what that photo would look like in color because that was my favorite,” Joe said. “It’s nice to think that something like this can last in my family for generations to come. ”

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Carrero began painting and pole-vaulting in his early teens. The artist and athlete devoted every waking hour to these passions, leaving little room for anything else. By the late 1960's, Carrero's artistic career was in full-flight, and, at age 19, he pole-vaulted to a world-class height of 4.20 meters (13-8) on an old-school aluminum pole. Today he pursues his passion for painting and pole-vaulting in his adopted home of Sydney, where he also is an Level III pole-vault coach.

A native of Argentina, Carrero began painting and pole-vaulting in his early teens. Today he pursues his passions in his adopted home of Sydney, where he is a master’s vault champion and Level III coach.

The painting would look great above the mantel in the Dial family home but Shawna thinks it will wind up hanging in the lobby of the track office, “So that all of our recruits can admire it.”

While her husband was first American to have his golden moment captured by Carrero, she expects more vaulters will be lining the runway to commission him.

Of course, that would suit the artist just fine. The vaulter-painter who grew up idolizing Bob Richards, Don Bragg, John Pennel, and Bob Seagren hopes to receive more commissions from legendary vaulters in America and around the world.

If you would like Phillip Carrero to preserve your favorite pole-vault moment or commission him for portrait work, contact him at http://carreroart.com.au/wpart

Phillip

Dani at the Hunter

DaniS HuntClas223.5″ x 31.5″ (60cm x 80cm) Soft pastel on board . Dani at the Hunter.
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One of two paintings I want to do of our best discus thower ever.

Dani started Little Athletics at a young age and has played basketball at a national level. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame awarded a Spirit of  Sport Scholarship to her in 2006. She hopes to compete in asmany as five Olympics. In 2007 her coach Denis Knowles arranged for U.S champion discus thrower, Mac Wilkins, who won gold in the 1976 Montreal Olympics and silver at the 1984 L A Olympics, to visit Dani in Australia. The visit led to a change in her throwing technique and a year later she became the youngest member of the Australian track and field team.

I ought to add Dani Samuels has been a pleasure to paint. Some people are so amazingly nice!

Phillip

Dani’s thoughts

DaniSFace1 Soft pastels on Mi-Teintes board 14″ x 16″ (36cm x 40cm)
Preliminary study for a portrait of Dani Samuels to exhibit at SOPAC.

It’s been a while since I did the latest of my Paintings for Poles work. So eager to explore in my newly found medium of soft pastels I asked Dani if I could do a portrait of her. More willing, pleasing and encouraging models I’ve rarely seen.

This is the 5th painting this year and the 5th in soft pastels. Yet, it is the first that I set myself to do careful detail. I consider it a 70% achievement of realism. Aims towards more improvement include hair, eyes and skin at magnification level but I’m very happy with my steps so far.

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I noticed that every time I read about Australian pole vaulters my fav event, Dani was always there. Wether it was Steve Hooker or Alana Boyd, Dani was there in the news with them. One reason is because she’s so nice to be a friend of but also because she is so good at her speciality: Discus throw.

Dani Samuels (born 26 May 1988) is an Australian discus thrower who in 2009 became the youngest ever female world champion in the event.
Samuels is one of only nine athletes (along with Valerie AdamsUsain BoltVeronica Campbell-BrownJacques FreitagYelena IsinbayevaKirani JamesJana Pittman, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youthjunior, and senior level of an athletic event. Her personal best throws are 65.84 m for the discus and 16.30 metres in the shot put.

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Joe Dial with flag 1986

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915 cm x 122 cm (36″ x 48″) Oil on stretched canvas.
Joe Dial With Flag 1986, Phillip Carrero 2013.

Portrait of Joe Dial commissioned by his loving wife and biggest fan ever, Shawna Dial.

 

Joe Dial (born 26 October 1962 in Marlow, Oklahoma) is a retired American pole vaulter, best known for winning the bronze medal at the 1989 World Indoor Championships in Budapest. His personal best was 5.96 metres, achieved in June 1987 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Since retiring from participation in the sport, Dial has turned to coaching. He’s been head coach of the men’s and women’s track and cross country programs at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1993.

 

Joe at ORU,
“As Joe Dial enters his 18th full season at the helm of the ORU Cross Country and Track & Field programs in 2012-13, it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that he has presided over the most successful era in Golden Eagle history.Included in his time at ORU are three NCAA National Championships, including two by Andretti Bain (Indoor 400m, Outdoor 400m) in 2008 and one by Jack Whitt (Outdoor Pole Vault) in 2012. …
For his efforts, Dial has received Mid-Con Coach of the Year honors on 13 occasions since ORU joined the conference in 1997, including four such accolades during the 2005-06 season. He was also named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCA) 2006 Midwest Region Men’s Coach of the Year for the outdoor season, after guiding the Golden Eagles to a ranking as high as 16th in the USTFCCCA Division I poll. There have been 19 Golden Eagle All-Americans during Dial’s tenure at ORU, as those athletes earned All-American honors in 28 events. Dial’s most recent All-Americans include Jack Whitt, Marvin Bonde, Andretti Bain, Shaun Smith and Rachel Talbert. Whitt finished second in pole vault at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships and sixth in the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. Bonde finished fifth in the 200-meter dash at the 2009 Indoor Championships, while Talbert placed sixth in the discus at the 2008 Outdoor Championships. Smith picked up All-American status in the 800-meters at three championship meets, including an eighth place finish at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships, a sixth place finish at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships and sixth place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.Dial understands what it’s like to win. He was the world record-holder in the pole vault in 1986. He also held the American pole vault record for nine years (1985-94), breaking his own record nine times in that span. His highest vault was 19’06.5″. Dial won the bronze medal at the 1989 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. For his efforts, Dial was inducted into the Pole Vault Hall of Fame in 2011.While at Marlow High School, Dial set the current Class 2A state record in the long jump with a leap of 23’05” in 1981. He was the Oklahoma Class 2A state long jump champion in 1980 and 1981, and was a four-time state champion in the pole vault (1978-81). Dial was the first high school pole vaulter to clear 18 feet.Dial and his wife Shawna, an assistant coach at ORU, have three children: Timmy, Tommy, and Tyler.”… extract courtesy of Joe’s Biographical notes, Oral Roberts University.

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