“You can see that he is a good person; his hands are magic. What you don’t see is his kind and generous heart — that is what I see.”
That is how Stella Jackson described her portrait of her close friend and plastic surgeon Dr Mark Gianoutsos which is hanging in the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Those magic hands have performed several surgeries on Stella, who was born without a jaw bone in a profound form of craniofacial microsomia.
One of those operations involved taking bone from her hip to reconstruct the right side of her jaw.
So when the 12-year-old decided to enter the Young Archie this year, the junior art competition of the annual Archibald Prize, she had no hesitation about who her subject was going to be.
“The Young Archie is about drawing someone special, and Dr Mark is special to me.
“Most of the other entries are of family members, …