oil on canvas, 110X90cm, painted from life
I traveled to Melbourne to meet and paint her, the connection that was created between us was very unique and it was truly one of the most significant and emotional days of my life that inspired and moved me.
Kirsty Martin is a ballerina and a mother of two, a boy and a girl, who were born through her career of a principal ballerina of Australian Ballet. She retired last year at the age of 36.
I first saw her on stage performing Madame Butterfly in the Opera House in Sydney in 2011, beautiful, lightweight, emotional, luminous and breathtaking as no one else. I felt so captivated by that performance, so emotionally connected to her.
She is a great example of mother and artist, a role model for me. Her strong, bold personality affected me deeply, that’s when I decided that I wished to paint her portrait
On the portrait she seems to be floating on her chair with an apparent weightlessness and at any moment ready to leap to her feet and propel herself with dance.
Her reflected self in the background overlooks the world beyond the ballet studios, a different world of family, children and hobbies. It reflects the changes in her life, the reassessment and the decision making.