Eumundi artist has brush with our Aussie princess

EUMUNDI artist Tom Macbeth may have the name of a Scottish king but that is not his only brush with royalty.

Tom is preparing to unveil his latest Archibald Prize entry - that of Princess Mary of Denmark.

Many might think this latest inspiration was realised by looking at the thousands of images readily available of the Tasmanian girl next door who captured the heart of prince. But by a stroke of simple genius Tom painted Princess Mary in the flesh.

"I simply asked her to sit for me and she said yes," Tom said.

"Perhaps no one else has bothered to ask her before.

" I spent two days at the Palace in Copenhagen with Her Royal Highness for the sitting.

"She was just great and I presented her with a portrait of her father John Donaldson, which I painted for last year's Archibald Prize which is now hung in the palace."

Tom said the Princess's painting was on its way to Sydney for the final judging of his often super realistic style, but the Princess had seen his latest likeness of her already. And her verdict is?

"She was as gracious as you'd expect... she was very pleased with it," he said.

"I have previously been an Archibald finalist with my portrait of Jessica Watson."

Tom said local invited art lovers would get a sneak peak at Princess Mary the portrait, during a private function in Hastings St on July 26.