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Carma, 2019

Narelle Zeller

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Carma and I grew up together in rural New South Wales. Her portrait is a celebration of our relationship, an attempt to express and share the beauty I see in her. I sought to portray Carma’s connection to and love of our environment and animals, as well as her generous, kind-hearted nature and strength. This portrait sparked a collaboration with Canberra floral artist Amy Clement, who created a personalised headpiece for the sitting. The headpiece contains unusual foraged elements, and explores and captures the beauty that can be found in familiar but unremarkable natural materials. The blue-tongue lizard, Fezzik, is one of Carma’s pets.

Darling Portrait Prize

Other DPP paintings from Narelle Zeller

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