PS Art Space artist Ross Potter had been moved by local musician Carus Thompson�s lyrics for years and was inspired to recreate him on canvas for his award entry.
He said after deciding to enter the award, his first choice for a subject was always going to be the musician who had influenced so much of his life.
�When catching his gigs over east, his songs and stories painted the most amazing picture of Fremantle for me,� he said.
�I decided to pay a visit to WA back in 2007 and found life here is just too good, so I decided to make it my home and I have always felt that I owe him for inspiring the move.
�Getting a spot in the finals has been amazing and to be selected among so many talented artists is truly an honour.�
Thompson said when he met Potter he instantly loved the artist�s vibe and work.
�I love what he has done, it�s hard for me to judge as I don�t really take in my own look … but he seems to have really got inside who I am as a person and as an artist, too,� he said.
�I�m a pretty �up� person and I always try to make my shows entertaining, but I like to think there�s also an intensity to my songs, my music and also my art and performance, so I�m pretty stoked he�s grabbed that.
�It�s nice to know I�m not all bubblegum and giant grins.�
Fellow Fremantle artists Rachel Coad and Olivia Samec have also been named among the finalists for their portraits of Janet Holmes a Court and architect Ernest Samec respectively.
The winner will be announced on October 1.