This composition was inspired by the philosopher and spiritual teacher Douglas Harding. The upper part shows the client’s physical surroundings, which include his partner on the right, and his two cats. The lower part includes the sitter’s portrait but also includes images suggesting various aspects of his inner life: intellectual interests, a key memory, anxieties and desires. So, outer life in the upper part, inner life in the lower part, though as in actual experience there is not a hard boundary between the two.
May 24, 2019