Dare to Fly
"Dare to Fly" expresses the essence of Steve Davis' lifelong passion for nature conservation. The portrait depicts Steve absorbed in awe, observing and surveying the beauty of the natural world. Nature is under Steve’s skin, in the painting symbolised by the intricate texture pattern of leaves and flowers all over his body. The soul connection to nature is reflected in the shadow of leaves cast upon his body in the painting. His deep concern for the degradation of the environment has driven him to take a stand, and make activism and conservation a priority in his life. "Dare to Fly" is a call to action. It encourages us to be amazed by the beauty of nature and to consider the impact our actions have on the world around us. The painting invites us to be bold, to dare to speak out, and to protect the environment for future generations. It is a testament to the power of one person's commitment and the difference we can all make when we stand up for what we believe in.
Pastel and Collage
Entry in Brisbane Portrait Prize 2023