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Sam Thaiday

2017 also gave me the opportunity to immortalise a rugby league great… Sam Thaiday.

I grew up watching Sam play State of Origin. I can’t say that I’m a die hard rugby league fan, but watching the Maroons go head to head with the Blues was an annual event my friends and family did not miss!

Meeting Sam for the first time was one of those “nerve racking/play it cool kind of moments” if you catch my drift which, I’m sure you all do. I brought along one of my other artworks (France) to give Sam an idea of what my work looks like and how I planned to composition his image on the page. His wife Rachel could not part with France, now the Thaiday household is also home to two of my artworks.