Mr Heatherley Results

Sarah Moon Wins

Against strong competition, Sarah Moon won the Mr Heatherley competition with her portrait of Michael Heusch and Veronique Foulon in their flat in Soho.

You can see more of her work at her website:

There are three things that I really like about this picture, which all relate to my definition of great art “ a visual engagement with the profound “:

Sarah has carefully incorporated and managed the background images and content to produce an interesting abstract pattern that does not distract from the main subject, adds to the picture overall and has a range of meaningful content in the context of the two particular individuals.

The painting captures an intense relationship between the two subjects in an engaging and inviting way. A way that will keep you coming back to understand the meaning in the context of these two people as well as broader issues in the human condition.

Sarah’s simplified drawing and mark making is engaging and strong, in such a way that people will always want to revisit the image. In the end I primarily liked using colour temperature to create contrast and emphasis.  The background was a much more positive support to the painting as a whole as well as the key colours in the head.  The new challenge for me that I liked was creating spaces and routes through the picture to bring it all together.

HeatherlyPatrick Earle