New Portrait: 'Phoenix' - Caitlin Hughes

The subject of this work is Caitlin Hughes, a mosaic artist based in the Blue Mountains. Caitlin lost her house at Yellow Rock in the 2013 bushfires. Since then she has made a series of mosaics from reclaimed materials, salvaged from the ruins of her house.

I see Caitlin as a Phoenix, rising from the ashes, and turning sadness and loss into beauty through her art.

Image: Myself and model Caitlin at the opening of the Blue Mountains Portrait Exhibition.

© Sophie Haythornthwaite

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