The Joker is a bit of a departure for me as I’m known for creating horror and cheesecake (sexy women, not actual cheesecakes!) paintings. However, an acquaintance of mine who’s around my age nearly dropped dead at the weekend. The combination of two English rarities; a heatwave and reaching the semi finals of a World Cup probably threw his body into shock but he managed to squeak through and he’s still with us.
Still, his near miss did remind me that I made a promise to myself to paint Heath Ledger’s Joker before I died (it becomes considerably more difficult after I’m dead!) so I promptly got stuck in and I seriously think it’s one of the best portraits I’ve done.