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8″ × 8″ Acrylic (burnt umber and white) on box canvas

All children have dreams and hopes for the future. For some though, their dreams are a little more “muddied”…
I hope that one day we can live in a world where children are free to be children and can dream that anything is possible :)

This has been by translation of “Fiji Boy” by Hans Kawitzki for the SoJie 17 portrait workshop

Fiji boy
by Hans Kawitzki

Original for sale. Please bubblemail me for details.


dianne ilka, sojie, acrylic, portrait, boy, fiji boy, child, sad, dream, monochrome


  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 2 years ago

    love it, a very emotive piece….I just want to hug him:)

  • Thankyou so much Robin :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Robin Webster
    Robin Websteralmost 2 years ago

    Brilliant work Dianne! What a beautiful and emotional translation! You outdid yourself! Bravo!

  • Thanks Robin! I look at this and I’m actually surprised that I painted it lol!

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walteralmost 2 years ago

    Yes!!!! THIS IS STUNNING!!!! Beautiful translation! Congratulations!!!

  • Thankyou so much Lucinda :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 2 years ago

    YES! You did it Di! This is absolutely wonderful, with just the right amount of ‘splatter’! Love it to bits!

  • Thankyou so much Lynda for all of your support with this one. I’m really glad that I kept some of the splatter :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 2 years ago

    it’s a superb work…love the splatters…it makes it more painterly….

  • Thanks Janis! I wanted this one to be realistic but also didn’t want to just copy the photo so pretty happy with the final result :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • John Holding
    John Holdingalmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous translation Dianne.

  • Thankyou so much John :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely work You created a more melancholoy piece that the original – nicely done!

  • Thanks Leslie. It’s quite funny, but he kind of developed his own mood as I painted him. It’s like it was somehow lurking behind the original photo, just waiting to come out on the canvas.

    – Dianne Ilka

  • © Angela L Walker
    © Angela L Walkeralmost 2 years ago

    WOW! This is fabulous, Dianne! Love what you’ve done here!

  • Thanks Angela :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddockalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful translation Dianne!

  • Thankyou so much Terri :)

    – Dianne Ilka

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 2 years ago

    Lovely translation Dianne,powerful eye contact and very emotional

  • Thankyou so much Hans for allowing me to translate such a wonderful photo in the first place :)

    – Dianne Ilka

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