Charcoal and Pastel on cartridge paper.
25th April is ‘Anzac Day’ in Australia when we commemorate all those wonderful people who fought and died for this amazing country we are fortunate enough to live in. I did this drawing in 1995 – the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II, when there were several commemorative events held around the country, one of which was an art show in the Federal Electorate of McEwen called ‘Australia Remembers’. This drawing won an award. It depicts Stan Selleck (who has since passed away) a war veteran and a stalwart of the local Returned Services League (RSL). He was a wonderful man who typified the ‘Anzac’ spirit, and I tried to capture that spirit by giving him a ‘thoughtful’ expression. Stan would never have missed a dawn service on Anzac Day! He posed for this drawing and when it was finished I added the poppy.
Finished in the Top Ten of the ‘Time Passages’ Challenge in the Painters in Modern Times group – May 2009
Top 10 in the Lest we Forget challenge in the Australia! You’re Standing in it! group – July 2009
Featured in 50+ Group – November 2011
Featured in Art With Meaning – February 2012
Featured in First Things – April 2012
Featured in Vavoom – April 2013