"Reading The Letter"
Oil on panel
Inspired by a group of locals in a street market in Cairo. This painting
is a good example of taking a simple subject and bringing it to life with
the use of chiaroscuro (play of light).
It is clear that the artist’s influence dates back to the Old Masters such
as Caravaggio and Rembrandt. The glow that exists in such works occurs
through the contrast between thick to thin layers of paint and the basic
ground preparation upon which the image is painted.