- Posted March 23, 2011 by
London, United Kingdom
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Memories of Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor 1993 by Stephen B Whatley
- rachel8, CNN iReport producer
British expressionist artist Stephen B Whatley painted this tribute to the beauty and compassion of Elizabeth Taylor in 1993; inspired by photographs from that period.
The oil painting (30 x 24in) was exhibited in the artist's 1993 exhibition Hollywood Gold at London's Royal National Theatre - a show celebrating the glamorous legendary ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age, through Whatley's iconic portraits.
The painting was bought by a private collector that year.
"I am touched and honoured to be invited by CNN to share this painting on this sad - but merciful in terms of her release from pain - day of the passing of Elizabeth Taylor.
As a teenager I received a signed photograph; and later as a professional artist , I reached out and created cartoon tributes as gifts of the star with her husband Larry & little dog Sugar - which delighted her.
As a Christian I feel certain Elizabeth is glittering again in heaven with her true love Richard Burton...& God." ~ Stephen B Whatley, London, UK, March 23, 2011