ByHolly Khraibani-Cousins, writer at
I'm an illustrator, web developer's wife and mother of 1. I admin @beards_unite on Instagram for fun (and for the beards!), as well as my ow
Holly Khraibani-Cousins

I, like everyone else, woke to the sad news that the musical genius and actor, David Bowie, had passed away having just celebrated his 69th birthday.

I'd first read the news via his official Instagram account, and couldn't believe it having only just spent the weekend painting his portrait as one of his many on-stage characters, Ziggy Stardust.

He has had quite a large presence in my parent's home while I was growing up, with my mother being an enormous fan of him. His music was played regularly, and I loved listening to all the 'Bowie-related' stories my mother would tell me; one in particular was her dating someone when she was in her 20's just so she could steal a 2-piece suit that he owned, all because it was the same as one that Bowie wore!

In such a short space of time my painting has gone from being something nostalgic and fun, to something quite poignant. David Bowie was, and still is such a huge influence within the creative industry through his talent as a Multi-Instrumentalist, Singer/Songwriter, Actor and Producer.

I hope you enjoy this work, and that I did the man justice. Rest in peace The Thin White Duke, you may be gone but will never be forgotten.


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