I first became enthralled by portraiture on a school trip to The National Gallery in London aged 12. Those enigmatic faces staring out at me held my gaze for what seemed like hours. They still do. I get up far too close to portraits in galleries, scrutinising the strokes and techniques, my nose almost touching the paint. I’m surprised I don’t set off the alarms!
The human face mesmerises me. I catch myself staring at people’s faces when they are talking to me. I become distracted by how the light is catching their philtrum or the reflection in their iris or how the pigment of the skin changes when it gets thinner around the eye. I hope I don’t make people too uncomfortable when I do this. I am listening to what they are saying, honest! My clients have included historical re-enactors, hotel proprietors, judges, QC’s, actors and also the BBC who commissioned me to paint the portrait of Sophia Myles as Madame de Pompadour for Doctor Who.
Whether you’re looking for a film or theatre prop, pub sign, illustration for a publication, gift for a wedding, Christmas, anniversary, birthday, retirement or you’re just here out of curiosity, browse through the galleries and feel free to leave any comments about what you see. Even if you don’t want to commission a portrait… your feedback is invaluable, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you want a quote or any other enquiries.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoy your visit.
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