Portrait of the Artist By His Son

My Son Sean drew this portrait of me when he was ten, in 2006. I think he,s really captured the young Artist! Especially the Celtic Nose! It always amazes me how young children have that creative talent, no preconceptions or limitations.

Drawing of the artist by Son

Portrait of John by his Son Sean

Pablo Picasso famously said ” Every child is an Artist the problem is how to remain an Artist once we grow up.”

While I was living in France working as a stone mason to make ends meet. I would frequently take Sean with me to help on the building sites. As you can see from the following photo!

At first I thought he would slow me down, but in actual fact he was more meticulous. Jointing stones precisely, giving the concrete mixer a good clean and many other jobs which helped me along.

Son helping on Site

My Son Sean helping me!

This particular project was to carve and build two pillars for ” Le Chateau de la Commanderie” in a village called St Siffret in the Province.( A Knights Templar Castle.)

A lot of preparation was needed for the pillars to support the heavy iron gates which were installed later. Making one reinforced concrete foundation that  crossed from one pillar to the other, consolidating their rigidity.

I look back at this special time working alongside my son and realise how important it was.

They grow up so fast. 

My Son Weymouth

Sean, Weymouth 2017

2 thoughts on “Portrait of the Artist By His Son

  1. Lucas Weschke says:

    Hi John
    Sorry I did not get to chat with you much at Olivia’s house on Saturday. I was in a rather strange place. I thought your sculptures looked great. Congratulations on terrific exhibition. Look forwards to meeting you again. All best – Lucas

    • johndaveyartist says:

      Thanks, Lucas brilliant venue with such nice people. Hope to catch up with you in the near future. Take care John

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