Posthumous commission: Pat Malkin

When my husband’s Uncle Pat died, I was asked to draw a portrait of him for his wife from a group photograph taken on a sunny day with a blue sky behind him. 

It helped hugely that I could picture in my mind’s eye the colour of his skin and his gentle character.  He was always quick to smile with a twinkle in his eye. 

Pat Malkin posthumous portrait pencil on paper artwork by Stella Tooth.

This is the type of portrait that almost draws itself and it brought him back to life for me.  I understand it has brought a lot of comfort to his wife Vera, which makes me very happy.

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