Apollo Crowned, oil on linen, 48 x 38" (122 x 96 cm)
I feel the idea of God/the Gods suddenly appearing and taking action in our simple mortal lives cuts right to the core of our human psychology. This painting depicts Apollo, The Greek/roman God of sunlight, science, medicine, music, children, and the analytical mind, as he appears to a child and offers her instruction in a music lesson. Whilst doing so, he is crowned with laurels by the arms of Daphne, another aspect of his myth. The central placement, and imposing character, of Apollo is intended to function in an iconographic mode.
Typical of my standard working method, this painting was first worked out from graphite drawings of the models. Those studies were then transferred as a line drawing, or cartoon, to the canvas in order to create the painting.