40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
This is both the last painting in the mini-series and the new one after a long hiatus in painting.
As all others, this portrait is for sale. It was almost finished for six  months at least in the fear I didn’t know how to paint any longer. One day last week I did her remaining left arm and hand in about 15 minutes and signed it off. I can’t tell if in fact this arm is any better or worse painted than the rest of her, but I did wonder why couldn’t I finish it before… there is artists for you!

Marcus from Egypt

“Marcus from Egypt”
40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
It had been a while since I painted a black face. Notwithstanding time I loved it as much as the first time. For some reason I find black skin so much richer in color and intensity that it become a constant discovery to portray likeness and depth of expression in one place.
Pure color never ends and thanks to people like Marcus I love painting!!

Boy painting for Marina

“Boy painting for Marina”
40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
This is a painting I did for , one of my students as part of the art class.
I do the first portrait, we share the second one, by me doing the difficult bits and the student the easier. Finally the student will do the third and I only intervene as necessary.
This is the stage that can take either a short or a long time, depending on the person. My goal is to see a degree of autonomy in the student. This may or may not include a personal style showing yet, rather a base upon which he/she can grow further. Guidance is still necessary but that varies with the individual too.

Toddler Study 2017

“Toddler study”
40cm x 50cm (16″ x 20″) Oil on W&N canvas texture paper 300gsm.
As part of my objective to,

  1. Gain back the time spent without painting, and
  2. Create a ready to show portfolio of works to use as a guideline
  3. Not use storage space, therefore a canvas pad became ideal.

Joe Dial with flag 1986


915 cm x 122 cm (36″ x 48″) Oil on stretched canvas.
Joe Dial With Flag 1986, Phillip Carrero 2013.

Portrait of Joe Dial commissioned by his loving wife and biggest fan ever, Shawna Dial.


Joe Dial (born 26 October 1962 in Marlow, Oklahoma) is a retired American pole vaulter, best known for winning the bronze medal at the 1989 World Indoor Championships in Budapest. His personal best was 5.96 metres, achieved in June 1987 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Since retiring from participation in the sport, Dial has turned to coaching. He’s been head coach of the men’s and women’s track and cross country programs at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1993.


Joe at ORU,
“As Joe Dial enters his 18th full season at the helm of the ORU Cross Country and Track & Field programs in 2012-13, it’s no stretch of the imagination to say that he has presided over the most successful era in Golden Eagle history.Included in his time at ORU are three NCAA National Championships, including two by Andretti Bain (Indoor 400m, Outdoor 400m) in 2008 and one by Jack Whitt (Outdoor Pole Vault) in 2012. …
For his efforts, Dial has received Mid-Con Coach of the Year honors on 13 occasions since ORU joined the conference in 1997, including four such accolades during the 2005-06 season. He was also named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCA) 2006 Midwest Region Men’s Coach of the Year for the outdoor season, after guiding the Golden Eagles to a ranking as high as 16th in the USTFCCCA Division I poll. There have been 19 Golden Eagle All-Americans during Dial’s tenure at ORU, as those athletes earned All-American honors in 28 events. Dial’s most recent All-Americans include Jack Whitt, Marvin Bonde, Andretti Bain, Shaun Smith and Rachel Talbert. Whitt finished second in pole vault at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships and sixth in the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships. Bonde finished fifth in the 200-meter dash at the 2009 Indoor Championships, while Talbert placed sixth in the discus at the 2008 Outdoor Championships. Smith picked up All-American status in the 800-meters at three championship meets, including an eighth place finish at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships, a sixth place finish at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships and sixth place finish at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.Dial understands what it’s like to win. He was the world record-holder in the pole vault in 1986. He also held the American pole vault record for nine years (1985-94), breaking his own record nine times in that span. His highest vault was 19’06.5″. Dial won the bronze medal at the 1989 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. For his efforts, Dial was inducted into the Pole Vault Hall of Fame in 2011.While at Marlow High School, Dial set the current Class 2A state record in the long jump with a leap of 23’05” in 1981. He was the Oklahoma Class 2A state long jump champion in 1980 and 1981, and was a four-time state champion in the pole vault (1978-81). Dial was the first high school pole vaulter to clear 18 feet.Dial and his wife Shawna, an assistant coach at ORU, have three children: Timmy, Tommy, and Tyler.”… extract courtesy of Joe’s Biographical notes, Oral Roberts University.

Trevi. Right Triton

TrevyTripRS36 x 24 (91.5cm x 61.0cm) Oil on canvas board.

Right side of a triptic set on the Trevi Fountain at Rome.

Phil Carrero.


The design of the trevi fountain is based on three architectural elements: a façade made of travertine; statues of carrara marble.


Neptune his carried on his tryumphal charriot by two horses jockeid by two Tritons. One horse is restless, one is calm. One triton is strong and young, one is older and holds a twisted shell that is using to announce their passage.

Ocean is also standing in the median portion of a tryumphal arch.

In the left part of the arch there is the statue of Abundance holding the horn of plenty. At her feet a toppled vase lies by a source of water. Above her there is a relief showing Agrippa commanding his generals to build the acqueduct.

Trevi, Neptune Rules

Neptune rules_med36 x 24 (91.5cm x 61.0cm) Oil on canvas board.

Centerpiece of a triptic set on the Trevi Fountain at Rome.

Phil Carrero


In 1629 Pope Urban VIII, finding the earlier fountain insufficiently dramatic, asked Gian Lorenzo Bernini to sketch possible renovations, but the project was abandoned when the pope died. The planning for a new fountain on the site began again 100 years later. This time under the Roman architect Nicola Salvi, whose work was inspired by the sketches left by Bernini. The fountain took 30 years to finish and it stood completed in year 1762.

The Trevi Fountain is dominated by a several large statues. The very center of the fountain is dominated by a man standing in a large shell chariot. This statue depicts the Roman god of the water and the seas, Neptune – also known as Poseidon in Greek mythology. The chariot is pulled by two sea horses. One of them is calm and submissive while the other one is impatient and restless. The creature’s different temper is said to symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea.

Each one of the horses is guided by a triton – a mermaid like creature who formed the escort of marine divinities in the Greek mythology.  The creatures do not only add symbolic meaning to the fountain with the contrast in their mood and poses, but they also provide a symmetrical balance.

Cuddled In

Cuddled in20″ x 16″. Oil on canvas board, Hyde Park, Sydney. Phillip Carrero.


Lunch hour at Hyde Park, tourists and office workers everywhere. This fellow comes and in two minutes he’s fast asleep.

Two oversized right-foot sneakers, two walking sticks and a brollie, all tied up by a dozen hankies and three sets of woolies.

Not safe in those cold side streets at night so a park bench in the middle of the day seems like the better option. — at Hyde Park.

Richard And Trisha.

IMGP8846s40cm x 60cm. Portrait of Richard and Trisha Duke in the wedding limousine. Phillip Carrero.


I knew Trisha Phoon from the days of helping users of Ms Access database in the Microsoft newsgroups.

I had done another portrait of Trisha Phoon previously so I was honored to be commissioned to do this one for the happy couple.

It is a fact that some portraits are easy to paint, some not so and for no apparent reason. This one was a pleasure to do. So much so that I used their pencil versions in classes to teach how to draw many times over.

All my customers are special in their own way, but if I get them as nice as Trisha and Richard have been through the years well, I’ll be doing ok!


Nicole Kidman, “Wisdom”

Nicole's wisdom20 x 16. Oil on canvas board,

Nicole Kidman. Phillip Carrero.


In January of 2006, Nicole was awarded Australia’s highest honor, the Companion in the Order of Australia. She was also named, and continues to serve, as Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, whose goals are to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality, to raise awareness of the infringement on women’s human rights around the world and to end violence against women.

Nicole serves as an Ambassador of the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and has served as patron of the Australian Theatre of Young People, which she attended as an aspiring young actor. She is a UNICEF Ambassador for Australia and, most recently, she voiced her support of the Women’s Cancer Program at Stanford University with Dr. Jonathan Berek. Along with her husband, Keith Urban, she helped raise nearly half a million dollars for the Women’s Cancer Program, a world-renowned center for research into the causes, treatment, prevention, and eventual cure of women’s cancer.

Award-winning actress, activist and Goodwill Ambassador, Nicole is above all things a devoted wife and mother. She is never happier than when she’s spending time with her family. She is married to country music star Keith Urban and they have a 2 daughters, Sunday Rose,3, and Faith Margaret, born in December 2010. Nicole has two teenage children, Isabella and Connor, from her first marriage to Tom Cruise.

The lines? I wanted to depart from the conventional while remaining realistic.