Sir Nick Woodhouse is a former Chair of Oxford Mathematics. He now lives with his wife on an island off the west coast of Ireland. He has spent his life cultivating young minds.
As I painted Nick, I visualized those characteristics which I feel Nick embodies. I attempted to depict a character able to synthesize new and disparate ideas and people with what still seems imperturbable aplomb. Here is a man who can concert the efforts of many towards a focused result. He does not self-aggrandize or demand but rather enables those he interacts with to exert their own best effort. He is considerate and careful with his remarks. He may not always say what is on his mind, but what he does say is worth minding. Even as he speaks, he listens with dry and gracious humor. His conscientious demeanor belies a fierce and robust appreciation for accuracy.