Michelle Heyman is a striker in the Australian women's national soccer team, known as the Matildas, and represented Australia at the Rio Olympics in 2016. An openly gay athlete, she is also passionate about being a role model for children and speaks out against bullying.
Artist Kim Leutwyler painted Heyman’s portrait for the 2017 Archibald Prize, and included cadmium chartreuse - a greenish yellow - which is reminiscent of the Matildas uniform.
Leutwyler always tries to incorporate colours that reflect her sitter’s personality. ‘Michelle is really drawn to greys and bright blues, and likes to wear black and white with little pops of red... I hope this portrait will stimulate a conversation about inclusivity, equality and authenticity,’ she says.