Up close with the model Tara Moss

A life drawing workshop featuring model Tara Moss and organised by Day Fine Art was a success, with a five-figure sum raised for Unicef.

Picture perfect: Tara Moss was the perfect model on a sweltering summer's day. Photo: Berndt Sellheim

Picture perfect: Tara Moss was the perfect model on a sweltering summer's day. Photo: Berndt Sellheim

Held on February 11 in the beautiful garden of the historic house “Nalawa” in Blackheath under the instruction of portrait painter Mathew Lynn, all funds raised from the day were donated to Unicef Australia, of which Ms Moss is the national ambassador.

Participant Sharelyn Sinclair with Mathew Lynn and Tara Moss. Photo: Berndt Sellheim

Participant Sharelyn Sinclair with Mathew Lynn and Tara Moss. Photo: Berndt Sellheim

Mathew Lynn taught the art of life drawing to a group of 16 participants thrilled to learn his techniques.

Raising funds for Unicef: Workshop participants drawing Tara Moss. Photo: Berndt Sellheim

Raising funds for Unicef: Workshop participants drawing Tara Moss. Photo: Berndt Sellheim

The group couldn’t have wished for a more enjoyable lesson as Ms Moss donated her time to pose in an eclectic range of vintage outfits throughout the day, remaining in good cheer, despite the oppressive heat.

No previous experience was needed for the attendees, encouraged by Lynn to express their creativity and enjoy an attempt at charcoal, pencil or pastel drawing to transcribe the beauty and remarkable presence of Ms Moss.

Lynn currently has a solo exhibition in Paddington at Christopher Day Gallery. Featuring a new body of work of Sydney seascapes, Shimmer is on until February 27.

Lynn first painted Ms Moss in 2013. That portrait saw him take out the 2013 Packing Room Prize and become a finalist for the Archibald Prize for the 13th time.