In June 2016 I began a new body of work that was experimental and has in many ways proved quite challenging - as I'm working with portraiture for the first time. I've worked with flesh before, in both Desnuda y Flores (after Diego Rivera) and Partum Floralia (Flora - after Giuseppe Arcimboldo) but not actual faces. The idea is in part inspired by the concept of the "Lover's Eye" miniature portraiture in jewellery (which began in the Georgian period) and also; by wanting to acknowledge the artists who have meant a lot to me, during my own artistic journey. I began the body of work with reinterpretation of an exquisite drawing of and by Frida Kahlo (who I first discovered when finishing my arts degree at RMIT in the early 1990's). And other fabulous artists such as Max Beckman (who was the first artist to speak to me when I was a young art student at Canberra School of Art in 1981). Below are some photos of this first of this series in progress, which you'll see I have cropped elliptically to reference a "lover's eye" painting.