Lou Sheldon is a Melbourne based Artist using mixed media on canvas and linen. She started exploring colour at age 5 through the ‘The Sun’ (now ‘Herald Sun’) ‘Corinella’ colouring-in contest winning week after week.
Her dad was a self-taught artist who was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 2 and died when she was 8. Lou continued to draw and paint and studied art well into her late 20s. In her thirties, she dusted off her dad’s old paintings from under the family home she grew up in and came to see that even though they had been painting years apart; their signatures used to sign paintings were exactly the same. They are a simple notation of ‘SHELDON’ surname in capital letters.
In a nod to her dad's humour and to honour the time they spent ‘finding the hook’ in Geoff "Jeff" Hook's regular cartoons when she was a little girl, you will find (if you look hard enough) her dad's first initials “RA” (Robin Arthur) in each of her paintings.
Today, Lou sells paintings all around Australia and the world. Her works have been sent to Sweden, UK, America, Egypt, Dubai and Singapore. She has received commissions from anyone and everyone from KiisFM in Sydney, Green Art Gallery (Dubai) and various construction companies (to name a few).
Artist comments: "My motivation to paint comes both from the fulfilment I get from seeing the reaction of satisfied customers as well as knowing I am keeping the memory, name and talent of my dad, Robin Arthur Sheldon (23.01.44-21.04.83) alive. The inspiration for each painting comes from simply creating what I feel like creating on the day. I will have an idea and a gut reaction that my idea will make a good painting and that I will enjoy doing it. I strive to make each piece as pleasing to the eye as possible.....I am beyond grateful each and every day for every purchase or commission".
She's one half of Australia's most popular radio duos.
But Jackie 'O' Henderson has revealed she is still no diva after receiving an unexpected gift in the mail.
On Thursday's edition of her KIIS FM breakfast show with Kyle Sandilads, the 42-year-old confessed to being afraid she will seem like a 'w**ker' if she hangs a massive portrait of herself in her home.
The blonde beauty said she was blown away after received a giant canvas of herself from a Sydney artist. 'When it arrived and I unwrapped it I actually really liked it ... I actually loved it,' Jackie gushed. 'I looked at it and thought "wow that looks great!"'
But Jackie said she was torn as to whether it was OK to hang the painting in her home, especially if acquaintances and parents of her daughter Kitty's friends saw it there.
'I would be mortified if someone came around and saw a massive big painting of me in my house because I would think they would think I love myself,' she said.
'... In my world I don't think it is acceptable.'
What’s the issue: Kyle failed to empathise, explaining he had a room full of portraits of himself, and displayed his radio awards in lit cabinets.
'I do have paintings of myself,' the shock jock said. 'People have painted me, I've got it up in the house because what are you going to do with it throw it in the dump?'
The 45-year-old also reminded Jackie that hanging the portrait was no different to posting selfies on social media.
'Wow @lousheldonart thank you for this amazing portrait. What a wonderful surprise,' she captioned the photo.
'What's the difference having people follow you on Instagram and having every photo [be] of yourself?' Kyle told Jackie.
Earlier, Jackie had shared a photo of the painting on Instagram, gushing over the beautiful portrait to her 102,000 followers.
Source 'Daily Mail' 2017
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