Listen by Narelle Zeller

14th Annual ARC Salon (2019-2020)

Narelle Zeller



66.04 × 40.64 cm | 26 × 16 in

Oil on ACM panel

  • Honorable Mention / Portraiture

This portrait is of my 13-year-old son, Tobias. I wanted to capture him as he is right now in this momentous time in his life, turning from a child into an adolescent. In this painting I explored the juxtaposition of these two ages by depicting a moment of quiet beauty and innocence, using a soft reflective classical pose against a contemporary palette, and an appearance that resonates with his current life and experience, swirling with technology, noise and constant connection.  I want to say to him sometimes: “Stop and listen, can you hear the silence?”