Rob commissioned the portrait as a gift for his mother. Fiona selected this image as it captures a quiet, reflective moment and a characteristic pose as well as Rob’s love of sailing. This is a striking portrait intended to give pleasure to his mother, revealing Rob’s strong, self-determining character, his direction and action, and his values. For Fiona this piece also became a study in shade upon shade of white, as expressed in the sail and Rob’s shirt and hat.
Lio is an imposing, awesome figure of ominous power who creates a huge presence wherever he goes, whether in the gym, sporting arena, or within the community. One is first struck by Lio’s superb physique, his self-confidence, sense of stature and immense strength. However, he never needs to assert this power and Fiona sought to capture the combination of his strength and unassuming, gentle demeanour, with a hint of shyness.
Fiona took pleasure in the contrasting textures of this modern portrait, with its denim jacket, metallic buttons, and soft beanie. The image captures a beautiful moment at sunset, with the last warm light of the winter’s day. The beanie pulls the focus on to Diavosh’s face – it is a study of face – and his strength and depth as a person.