OIL ON LINEN, 119cm x 92cm
Artist: @CorinneLewis_Art ⠀
It is a truly incredible honour to have had sat for one of Australia’s best portrait artists, Corinne Lewis. This is her submission for the The Portia Geach Memorial Award, Australia’s most prestigious art prize for portraiture by female artists, with the subject to be a man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, or the Sciences.
Corinne’s entire body of work is dedicated to celebrating women, so to be able to sit for her is incredibly special to me, made only more so by the fact that is being submitted for a portraiture prize that is dedicated to celebrating Australian women in the arts.
Corinne, how lucky we are to have your talent in this world.
With much love and infinite admiration,
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: Portrait of Samantha Wills, 2018.
As an artist, philanthropist and writer Samantha has much to offer the world. As an artist, her jewellery adorns women physically, but as a Writer and Philanthropist her words and work are like jewellery for the mind.
In my portrait, Samantha leans forward with a confidence and strength, yet her dress falls to unveil her vulnerability, a juxtaposition that women of this generation are having to find balance between as we navigate the continued conversation and fight towards true gender equality. One earring visible symbolizes her brand as an artist. Her gaze direct and clear is reflective of her philanthropic work, and her commanding pose, shows beauty in strength.
Samantha Wills is an Australian success story, growing her accessories brand from Port Macquarie to the world stage of New York City. Wills shares her story with transparency and vulnerability with a commitment to sharing the hurdles and downfalls, not only the wins or the “highlight reel”. Samantha’s message is; “Little girls with big dreams, become women with vision.” In 2016 Samantha founded The Samantha Wills Foundation, an organization designed to empower women in business.
Samantha has been labeled “Australia’s biggest export since Vegemite,” by Australian fashion writer Ines Mendoza. – Corinne Lewis, ARTIST
Dress by Australian Designer Kyha Simpson - @K.Y.H.A