Emma Watson was in for a treat after approaching her favourite artist to buy one of his pieces – he ended up immortalising the Harry Potter star in 34 new paintings.
The British actress fell in love with Mark Demsteader's art as a schoolgirl and decided to purchase one of his works as a present to herself for her 21st birthday in April.
But she was left stunned when the painter asked if she would pose for him instead.
Watson explains, "There is a gallery in Oxford that I used to look in after school which exhibited Mark's work. His paintings were always my favourite. For my 21st birthday I decided to contact Mark to buy some of his work. When he asked if he could paint a series of paintings of me, I was a bit nervous about the idea at first but obviously incredibly flattered – it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. I am Mark's biggest fan and I am hugely grateful."
And Demsteader, who has agreed to give 10% of his proceeds from the pieces to charity, insists it was an honour to work with the star.
He says, "The idea behind them is to make a collection to celebrate Emma's birthday. I wanted to capture a moment in time, and by making each piece a quick snapshot, I hope to capture Emma as she reaches 21. In some way I hope these works celebrate Emma in what she has achieved already, and in all the many possibilities to come."
The collection is to be exhibited at London's Panter & Hall Gallery in June (11)
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