Winger meets local artist to see portrait
Royals fan Carl Beazley got to meet one of his Reading heroes Garath McCleary, after he painted a stunning portrait of the Royals winger.
G-Mac picked up on the painting through Carl's Twitter account and was instantly blown away by the portrait.
Garath McCleary (2015) Oil on canvas (60cm x 40cm) @gmccleary12@ReadingFC#readingfc#RFC#GarathMcCleary#artpic.twitter.com/K1OhMIFZfx
— Carl Beazley Art (@CarlBeazleyArt) October 18, 2015
@CarlBeazleyArt I want a picture with you and the painting please. #unreal
— Garath McCleary (@gmccleary12) October 18, 2015
After a brief conversation on social media the two decided to meet up, so we made it happen!
Garath was hugely impressed with the painting, which took the artist 20 hours' worth of hard work - and the detail when seen up close was breathtaking. The Reading forward gave Carl a pair of signed boots for his troubles too.
Great to meet @gmccleary12@ReadingFC today....Such an UNBELIEVABLY nice guy! (Thank you so much for the boots!!) ;) pic.twitter.com/oEdyaUxzgg
— Carl Beazley Art (@CarlBeazleyArt) December 1, 2015
Haha. 🙈. Nice to meet you too. All the best with the art. #UNBELIEVABLY talented. https://t.co/HCwiiX12yu
— Garath McCleary (@gmccleary12) December 1, 2015
Carl is open to more suggestions of Royals stars to put on canvas; keep up the impressive work!