Bishop Joseph Garlington

BishopJG46Cm X 52Cm. Oil On Primed Board. Phillip Carrero.

Bishop Garlington came to Mount Annan Church in ’98 for a couple of weeks. He touched me as being among the friendliest of the people of the cloth I knew. Very funny preacher too, amazing sense of humor and energy.

This was the second portrait I had done of a black person, the first being Cathy Freeman. There was a software that told how many colors had been used in a particular painting. I was amazed to find out that a black skin used 16 colors, as opposed to a white skin that only needs 6. Rich as rich can be!

By Phillip

Currans Hill artist Phil Carrero started as an impressionable 16 year old drawing charcoal portraits through the streets of Buenos Aires. He worked his way up from drawing to painting and begun to sell his works around that time. Coming to Australia in 1973 , at the age of 23, Mr Carrero continued his studies in Art and completed an apprenticeship for four months to get himself better acquainted with portraiture painting. Meanwhile, for almost ten years produced and sold many ship portraits and marine paintings. -After that I begun getting around 12 commissions a year for just portraits. That's the point when he begun to make a living out of painting-, he said. He paints in the Traditional, Realistic style ... English and Italian schools, his portraits can resemble the Grand Manner style of the 19th and 20th centuries in England and later, America. (extracted from "Artist has brush with thieves", Macarthur Advertiser, January 2004)