The Winemaker - Oil on Linen Canvas - (Size to follow)
As soon as I saw this man, whose family have owned the same wine estate for many years, I knew I had to paint him. I cannot tell you how excited I was when I looked back at my photos and saw this shot. The light was shining right on him as he opened his first bottle of red for us to taste. He still has the indented line around his head from his cap and his shirt and trousers looked as old as he was. His wine cellar was rustic and full of delicious objects for any artist to paint. I also loved the strong emphasis on mustard yellow, which is a colour I don't see very often ... and just look at those nooks and crannies and deep shadows! I loved painting this scene.