rock star brought to life
By Geoff FOX
sister of rock star Michael Hutchence has told how a West Yorkshire
artist moved her
close to tears with a painting of her brother on the seventh anniversary
of his death.
Tina Hutchence, speaking from her home in Los Angeles, told the
YEP she was in awe of the talents of Castleford's Joanne Shaw who
has just uploaded the painting onto her rock art website as well
as sending copies via email to Tina and Michael's mother Patricia
said: "I could hardly breathe as inch by inch Michael's image
appeared on my monitor. Every stroke of Joanne's talent brought
Michael to life and touched my heart to the core. I felt as if I
could reach out and touch his curls, stroke his cheek. Michael's
Family praises work of Yorks artisthad the most expressive eyes,
nobody has ever got them right until now; it is remarkable.
am speechless each time I look at this portrait. I can say that
Michael himself would have been astonished and in awe of Joanne's
talent. I am so grateful that Joanne was
inspired to carry it through."
star's mother wrote to Joanne saying: "I was so touched and
thrilled when I saw the actual painting. It is as though you knew
him. Since Michael's death I have received many images of Michael
from various fans, friends and strangers, but I must say your portrait
is so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes."
added: "You have made me a happier person."
Shaw admitted: "I've never had the family of one of my subjects
respond in such a positive way before. It's something I'd hoped
for and it certainly makes it all worthwhile. After all, they are
the only people truly qualified to say whether I really have captured
the essence of Michael."Based on a never-seen-before photo,
the painting took a week to complete, with
the artist often working late into the night and listening to INXS
Miss Shaw is now in discussions with the family about working on