"Salt of the Earth"

"Salt of the Earth" oil on canvas, 71 x 84cm
People who are unpretentious, uncomplicated, devoted, loyal, earnest, honest, hard-working, and who add value to the lives of others, are generally refered to as "salt of the earth".
This is CFA volunteer firefighter Sandra who has been involved for the last 12 years. "What you see is what you get". A real true blue and highly respected member of the fire fighting team in country Victoria. She volunteered many, many hours to the black Saturday fires. Sandra has such a strong presence of character and fierce determination that I wanted to portray that side of her nature.

Salt of the Earth was selected as finalist in the Mortimore Art Prize 2009.