The absolutely, positively, last portrait in the series of my recent ex-colleagues is Jérémy. He is one of the most pragmatic and unassuming guys I know. And one of the most patient, since this painting has been in gestation for more than a year.

I was part of his interview process for our team. He impressed me with his down to earth questions about how the test infrastructure (which was to be his function) was to be set up in the highly dynamic (pronounced “chaotic”) software development environment we had at the time. Like me, he learned GitOps, Terraform and Azure on the fly. You have to re-invent yourself every few years to be able to follow the lucre. Sadly, he was let go shortly after my retirement, but we’ve kept in touch.

This piece has, like all my prior guinea pig (Versuchskaninchen) portrait attempts, many flaws. But, I’m coming to terms with my limitations and feel this is an accurate portrayal of what I remember. As in caricature, the subtle exaggerations and eliding are what causes the “that’s him!” reaction. I’m not that good though, so people who know Jérémy will say “Who’s that?”.

Data Description
Title Jérémy
Artist Derrick Oswald
Medium Watercolour on acid-free, cellulose, fine-grained, natural-white paper
Dimensions (w × h cm) 29.7 × 42
Date 2024

watercolour of Jérémy

original photograph of Jérémy



A Canadian electrical engineer living in Switzerland, developing software for over 40 years, e.g. big data for electric distribution utilities and the cloud security space, but now retired.

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