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As many can attain, Cate is not only an incredibly talented and disciplined athlete but one of the nicest and most genuine people I’ve met. How lucky was I when she said yes to posing for a portrait. I spent a morning in December 2016 with Cate discussing and shooting images for her portrait. We caught up again recently for an informal sitting and big reveal of the portrait in its final stages. It’s been a tremendous journey and I’m very proud of the finished portrait which will be entered into various portrait prizes throughout the year.
“This experience has been one of the most eye-opening and humbling experiences of my life. I have gained a new found respect for artists and their craft. The level of detail that Brett went into and the hours of preparation that was spent on this portrait, before a brush was even touched, is truly astounding. I have enjoyed every stage of this project, from meeting Brett, to taking the photos, to learning about the preparation process, to finally seeing the finished product, which surpassed all of my expectations. I feel honoured and privileged to be the subject who Brett chose and am inspired by his skill and dedication. But most of all I admire his passion for art and his commitment to the pursuit of excellence.” Cate Campbell OAM
Cate is training well and hopes to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, and 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. If Cate’s spirit is any indication, then I think we can expect more great things to come. Cate’s achievements include (are you ready?):
· CURRENT WORLD RECORD HOLDER- 100M FREESTYLE
· RIO OLYMPICS 4X100M FREESTYLE- 1ST 2016 (WORLD RECORD)
· RIO OLYMPICS 4X100M MEDLEY RELAY- 3RD 2016
· WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 50M FREESTYLE- 3RD 2015
· WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 100M FREESTYLE- 4TH 2015
· WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 4X100M FREESTYLE- 1ST 2015
· COMMONWEALTH GAMES 100M FREESTYLE- 1ST 2014
· COMMONWEALTH GAMES 50M FREESTYLE- 2ND 2014
· WORLD CHAMPION- 100M FREESTYLE 2013
· LONDON OLYMPICS, 4X100M FREESTYLE- 1ST 2012
· WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 50M FREESTYLE- 3RD 2009
· BEIJING OLYMPICS 4X100M FREESTYLE- 3RD 2008
· BEIJING OLYMPICS 50M FREESTYLE- 3RD 2008
See more of Cate on YouTube here:
After an exceptionally long hiatus from publishing anything, I am pleased to announce that I’ll be sharing new works over the next month or two. I’ve been very busy working in the studio and in-situ on a range of personal and commissioned artistic projects. I’m also working in the background on a new projects page to be added soon.
Since the last time I wrote I’ve been very busy juggling a number of projects. Some of these have been painterly based, others – illustration and photography, design and marketing. Have had the opportunity through commissioned works to be painting more with watercolour. Such a wonderful medium. Have included some pics below.
I have had the great pleasure to be working with singer, songwriter, accomplished pianist and musician, Francesca de Valence, Brisbane, Australia. Our friendship goes back a few years now and over the last four or five months I’ve been working on the artwork of Francesca’s new EP album artwork as well as her publicity photos. This has been great fun and very rewarding. I’ve really enjoyed helping to mold Francesca through photography and painting. Some people might say, one captures a person through photography or painting, but equally so is the potential to express their persona in another way.
It culminated in a wonderful little exhibition of song and photographs, Friday the 6th of September in a show called ‘To Your Art’s Desire.’ This marked the launch of Francesca’s latest musical offering, “Things That We Had Said,” which I’ve blogged on already here. Like most shows, it presented an opportunity to meet many really cool people and enjoy some divine music in an intimate chamber styled context. Read Francesca’s blog post here.
The last few months also marked small milestones in my nomination for a Liebster gong (thank you again Alice), and taking out the best mixed medium in the Rotary Art Prize. This was judged by John Walsh, Director of the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, and was the first prize I’d entered in about 3 or 4 years I think. Naturally it was a gratifying little surprise. The painting I entered was ‘The Dreamers,’ that you can see here.
This year feels like the fastest on record. I blinked in April and here I am in September! Have produced some wonderful commissioned works, but have also been slowly producing new works which I hope to be seen by the year’s end. Looking forward to sharing the new work soon.
I have a number of projects keeping me busy and this week I worked on the portrait of Francesca de Valence. Francesca is a highly regarded singer/songwriter from Brisbane, Australia. Her career and reputation continue to grow and I have the lucky role of painting her portrait.
Francesca’s portrait required months of planning and playing. For some it could be a source of frustration but it enriches the entire creative process to have time – not time to procrastinate, but time to plan, to create, to mature. Every painting I do has a sketchbook or ‘bible’ that helps guide the creative process. The book is full of photos, drawings, ideas, and snippets of anything that lends itself to the gestation of the work. The book is a work of art in its own right and Francesca’s takes us on a journey through Latin America and her ancestral home of Mauritius. Her painting is about sensuality, passion, beauty and colour.