Fingers crossed – Liesel Arden’s entry to the Archibald Prize was submitted last week, and it is a portrait of Tommy Franklin.
Liesel says, ‘I met Tommy through an event about a year ago and, like most people, was struck by his energy and ability to radiate positivity. At the time I was a struggling emerging painter swimming in a cold dark pool of artist’s block. I knew what I wanted and I also understood my capacity to achieve it but somehow I felt as though I didn’t deserve success in my painting.
‘This portrait is my best work yet and has taken me places I never thought I would go’.