Portrait of Lakesland artist to be entered into Archibald Prize

'Not too serious': Justin Sarayath's portrait of Freya Jobbins which has been entered into the Archibald Prize.

'Not too serious': Justin Sarayath's portrait of Freya Jobbins which has been entered into the Archibald Prize.

Former Bonnyrigg High School student Justin Sayarath has painted a dynamic portrait of Lakesland sculpture artist Freya Jobbins for Australia's most famous portrait prize: the Archibald Prize.

The pair are now anxiously awaiting the results of the Archibald judging and hope to see the painting featured alongside entries from Australia's best portrait artists.

Mr Sayarath, who grew up in the Cabramatta and Liverpool areas,  said he knew immediately after meeting Ms Jobbins' at Oran Park Library last year - where they were both completing commissioned works - that he wanted to paint her.

"It was her bubbly and quirky personality," he said.

"She's a really, really cool chick.

"I love her hair and her work and her story."

Ms Jobbins said she was happy to sit for the portrait when Mr Sayarath asked to paint her.

"I met with him and he did some sketches and took some photos," she said.

"I was very pleased when I finally saw the finished product.

"I loved it right away - there's so much detail in the layering. It's almost translucent.

"If he doesn't get hung I want to buy the painting off him."

Ms Jobbins said her only request was that Mr Sayarath not make her picture look "too serious".

Her portrait is infused with various disembodied arms - indicative of her own style of work.

"People know Freya from her assemblage work with dolls, so straight away I had that image of hands and arms coming up her shoulder and into her hair," Mr Sayarath said.

"I wanted to show her sense of humour and personality, but also hint at that darker side and some of the things she's been through - that's where the hands come in."

Mr Sayarath said he took about six or seven weeks to put the piece together.

"I work full-time and I was in the throngs of planning my wedding every weekend, so I dedicated Friday afternoons to my painting," he said.

"All up it took about seven Fridays to finish the work."

Mr Sayarath said it was nerve-racking handing his very first Archibald entry into the Art Gallery of NSW last week.

"Now it's all done and dusted I feel a bit better," he said.

Ms Jobbins said she hopes the painting is selected to feature in the exhibition as she would love to attend the launch night and celebrate with Mr Sayarath.

The finalists and packing room prize winners of the Archibald Prize will be announced on May 2.

The overall winner - who will be awarded $100,000 - will be announced on May 10.