Mayoral portrait may be City of South Perth’s last

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty unveils her portrait, painted by 2012 City of South Perth Emerging Artist award winner Tessa McOnie.
City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty unveils her portrait, painted by 2012 City of South Perth Emerging Artist award winner Tessa McOnie.

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty unveiled her portrait to the community, rather than holding a private function.

Mayor Doherty said while it was common practice for the Mayor’s portrait to be unveiled at a private function, she chose to unveil it at the May meeting for several reasons.

‘With the current local government reform process, there is some uncertainty as to actually how long this current council will be in place,’ she said.

‘I undertook to organise for my portrait to be painted sooner rather than later due to the uncertainty regarding my tenure as Mayor. I was also mindful of spending ratepayers’ money, and opted out of having a dedicated function.’

The portrait was painted by artist Tessa McOnie who was the winner of the 2012 City of South Perth Emerging Artist award.

The portrait will be entered in the 2014 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture.