Portrait of Danish Writer Tove Ditlevsen

Here’s my portrait of troubled writer Tove Ditlevsen (1917-1976). One of the first books I read in Danish was a collection of her poems in the book ‘Pigesind’. I later read her powerful novel ‘Barndommensgade’ about a girl called Ester growing up in Copenhagen in the 1930’s. My early encounter with this writer when I moved to Denmark in 1984 made an impression on me. It was a ‘challenging joy’ to paint this portrait of her in 2009. The portrait is currently being exhibited in Bristol, England at The Grant Bradley Gallery.

Tove Ditlevsen 120x120 cm
Tove Ditlevsen oil on canvas 120×120 cm

Dear All …

I am currently flying under the radar. A lot going on. It is not easy to keep up a strong internet presence whilst painting for an upcoming show. I have not been able to spend much time on WordPress to see what you have all been up to:-( This doesn’t mean that I am uninterested, it simply means that I just haven’t had the time. I hope I have your understanding, and I hope everyone is well. Happy New Year to you all, make it good – 2015 we’re coming for you!

My living room is quite large but it's getting crowded!
My living room is quite large but it’s getting crowded!