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Heiress to the Pied Piper, 2019

Caroline Zilinsky

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Philanthropist Joanne Cowan has devoted her life to the field of addressing substance abuse. Her work with numerous charities, support groups and organisations has saved countless individuals and their families as they battled the horrors of addiction. It is an issue quite close to her heart; she wrestled with addiction herself, having followed the piper’s intoxicating tune to the depths of despair. Cowan was forced to pay the piper eventually, and it almost cost her soul. Here, she sits in her west elm chair with her dogs by her side.

Darling Portrait Prize

Other DPP paintings from Caroline Zilinsky

Man with two lives, 2021 Caroline Zilinsky
DPP 2022 Finalist
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