The Inadvertent Portrait

I met the poet Ian Williams at a book event. His wonderful book of poetry, Personals, from Freehand Press, had been short listed for the Griffin Poetry Prize. The book is funny, unfailingly sad, acerbic, witty and just plain relevant and yes, it is poetry. But poetry written within earshot of the Personal ads that inspired this collection. His poems are daring constructions of words spiraling around poignant scenes of the misconnected and the coupled people that are at the centre of the 'personal.'
When I returned to my studio, I looked above my drawing table and this watercolour that I had used for a commission took on a new purpose. The character in my painting was Ian Williams.