Elizabeth Taylor – ‘Cleopatra’ – 2.6 metres width x 1.6 metres height x 9cm depth. Imported Italian ‘Maimeri’ acrylic paint on 340 gsm canvas.

I chose Elizabeth Taylor as she was the most famous, adored and desired woman in the world for decades. Her name was a byword, a catchphrase, for the ultimate fusion of beauty, wealth and power. The portrait shows her in the role she was born for, in the 1963 epic drama ‘Cleopatra’. I often sympathized with the director of this notoriously difficult production, as I built and re-built the texture of her hair and eyes. I brought out the Egyptian colours in beautiful pastels and metallic to really bring the painting to life. I think the painting has a real old world glamour.

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