ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.
In Greek mthology Paris is the son of King Priam and Hecuba. While pregnant Hecuba dreams she will give birth to a flaming torch and this is seen as a sign that the child will cause the fall of Troy. Paris is raised by Agelaus, a herdsman who is entrusted to murder the child by Priam to prevent the prophecy coming true. Later Paris is taken to Mount Olympus to judge who is the most beautiful, Hera, Athene or Aphrodite. Athene offers him Helen of Troy if he chooses her and he agrees, even though Helen is already married to Menelaus. Paris has to steal Helen (though in some versions she goes willingly and is in love with him) and take her to Troy, so beginning the Trojan war. Later in the war Paris kills Achilles with an arrow to the heel.