Dagmar Cyrulla's painting of Wendy Sharpe is a finalist in the 2021 Archibald Prize
‘I met Wendy through a mutual friend and was instantly drawn to her because of her incredible energy and passion,’ says Melbourne-based Cyrulla.
‘In my narrative paintings I often paint strong, feminine women. I wasn’t drawn to Wendy because of her success as an artist, but as a woman who is confident, fun, inclusive, warm, encouraging, intelligent and incredibly strong. Her zest for life and art is infectious. We share a love of earrings too!
‘This portrait is one of six that I completed. I like to paint my subjects more than once, so I can explore limited colour palettes to express my emotional connection with the sitter. Wendy and I played in her studio with different poses, hats and lights. I wanted a sense of movement to be present in the work to express Wendy’s boundless energy and the fun we had.’