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LifeStory 6.Lady Norman

portrait in oils,Gauvin

Lady Norman

Oils on Linen  91.5 x 122 cms (36 x 48 ins)

Commissioned by the Cairns City Council, the painting is on perpetual display at

the Cairns and District Regional Art Gallery.

'Lady (Betty) Norman is so petite, I had to think hard for a way to convey the bigness of her generous heart and the strength of her will that has overcome so many  difficulties throughout her remarkable life.'

Part of the solution was to exaggerate the apparent size of her hands by bringing them forward in the picture plane.The flowers that surround her have several references to her past and present. The aircraft was the favourite of husband Sir Robert Norman OBE, who founded the Australian Bush Pilots, for which Betty served as radio base officer.

see LifeStory 7

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