Not flesh nor bone

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“Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone, but still miraculously my own.”

Anne Mouland-Classeens is one of a small group of women in Australia to hold a 4th Dan black belt in Taekwondo. This is an incredible achievement in itself, but when you understand a little of Anne’s story, it makes this achievement even more remarkable. I was originally drawn to Anne when I myself was attending TKD training, and I immediately saw a strong woman with a huge heart, masked by a tough exterior.

Anne has gone through more than her fair share of heart ache, pain and tragedy in her life, but this is what has shaped who she is today. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, you couldn't meet a more generous, kind and warm hearted woman than Anne.

Here is the finished portrait called "Not flesh nor bone". This is derived from a beautiful saying that Anne's mother used to say her to “Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone but still miraculously my own.” Anne was adopted. You will be able to read more of her moving story in the "Unearthly" series in 2016.

You can read the behind the scenes story here.