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Nicole “Bewitched”

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.

Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)