These portraits are of friends, inspiring personalities and people in high places.

The subjects are stripped from all earthly possessions to serenade their soul in settings that freely quote selected renaissance masterpieces.

The paintings are oil and 23K gold leaf on canvas, painted in 2022 or after.

“Leena Saarinen” – oil and 23K gold leaf on 160×220 cm canvas, 2022.

I have always been inspired by this hugely successful Finnish business leader – and especially her bravery and ability to re-invent herself.

The composition is inspired by “Leda and the swan” painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1601.

“Eternal Love” – oil and 23K gold leaf on 150×220 cm canvas, 2022.

We have a built in desire to always look our best – even if we are always looking at death in the mirror. The anonymous subject is shown with her loved dog.

The composition is inspired by the “Rokeby Venus” painted by Diego Velazquez in 1647-51.