Olivia (2020), oil and acrylic on canvas (mixed technique, spatula), 60×80



“It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce” Voltaire

Olivia Cowley, the Royal Ballet’s soloist is one of my favourite muses. This is the second time I’ve painted her. Actually, I find her gaze absolutely irresistible.

Here Olivia is in the dark but she is light: from her eyes, from her attitude, from her figure she beams light and seduction, the feminine charm in her full expression.

The original photo was taken by Rick Guest, a great photographer.

I used the spatula because I love the material and playing with it is fun and relaxing.