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A selection of Mike Edwards' portraits of public figures

Bettie Cilliers-Barnard

Excerpt from an interview with Bettie Cilliers Barnard (Doyen of SA painting) by Kirsten Jordaan:

“They asked me to recommend some-one that I wanted (to do her portrait) and I suggested Mike Edwards because I believe in his sincerity, his objectivity, and I knew I could leave it to him. I was pleased with the result because he's the artist and he expressed what he liked from me. I think he made me quite a strong woman there. I am a lasting woman. The resemblance is good enough for me, but l think it’s more the thinking quality, the "denk deelte" that comes through in the eyes. It is also peaceful but in a strong way. Maybe there is a little sadness in the face, in the mouth, but I was very happy in the end, I must tell you”.

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