Kathleen O'Hagan

Honourable mention: 16-18 year olds

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Age

16

My brother David is beyond stubborn and instantly rejected the idea of me doing his portrait. It took bargaining, begging and expert compromises to receive his ‘willing consent’. The outcome of negotiating with an imaginative ten year old was the use of a struggling cat, his favourite jacket and a painted cardboard box to cover as much of his expressionless face as possible. Yet, these quirky compromises display his character perfectly and show how much I truly love him. His innocent, sometimes annoying qualities continue to inspire me to keep working, creating, and to be a big sister he can be proud of.