Early one morning I woke to an email from the painter Paul Locket. Admittedly I had never heard of him and when he asked for my availability and pricing I thought I’d better check him out.
I looked at his website and especially liked his abstract paintings and the black and white ones. I have for a long time wanted to to have a portrait painted of me so Paul and I came to an agreement.
I traveled down to Paul’s studio and took his portrait. Paul, photographed me too in preparation to paint me.
A month later I got an email saying that the paint was still wet, but he had decided to paint me in two different styles. He attached two small videos of my portraits and I loved them both. A few months later, as we’d been waiting for that thick textured red paint to dry, Paul came to see me and delivered off the paintings in person. Seeing the paintings in person made the experience even better. Paul’s character is such a modest, kind and respectful one.
Now, I struggle; I do like both pictures for different reasons but what would it say about me if I was to have two paintings of myself on my wall. Would it be narcissistic or just a sign of appreciating the skill going into painting the portraits? One thing is for sure, the subliminal message to the kids will be one that leaves an impression of me being the greatest – Almost Stalinesque. So let’s just leave them both up for the time being. Let’s face it – for me, the paintings of me on the wall is a massive improvement to having a couple of mirrors.
Both paintings included in this post are © Paul Lock