2009 is the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species (24 November 1859) and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth (12 February 1809). I painted this portrait of Darwin as a demo for the students of the Illustration Academy. Darwin is a hero to me not only because of his brilliant discoveries that changed the face of modern science and anthropology but also because he dared to publish his ideas knowing full well the criticism he would surely face. A few years ago I saw a Darwin show at the Museum of Natural History in New York. The simple elegance of the examples in that show are a profound proof of what simply can no longer be denied.