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Merle and Pascal

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Memory portrait of Merle, a cat mother, and her baby Pascal. Myself and the beautiful artist Merle, decided a while back to exchange portraits. We both decided to honour the lives of our two beloved, and deeply missed fur babies Pogle and Pascal. This is the piece I did of Merle and Pascal. I’d had this charming vintage book on mammals for a while, and I thought it suited her sensitive, animal loving heart. Merle is a classic flaxen haired Victorian beauty, a modern day Pre-Raphaelite Maiden, and does some amazing self portrait photography in this style (among so many other wonderful artworks). So I portrayed her as an allegorical cat mother in the Pre-Raphaelite style. Inside I wrote an inscription using an extract from a well known Keats Poem: ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.’ See Merle’s amazing work here: Oil on vintage book.
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Portrait of Nonno

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Portrait of the client’s grandfather, affectionately known as Nonno.   Oil on wood panel
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Secret Sitters

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I’ve long admired eye miniatures from the 18th Century. These ‘Lover’s Eye’ miniatures were often made into brooches, pendants or rings and given as love tokens. They ooze mystery and intrigue, tantalising the viewer into guessing the identity of the secret lover, although many miniatures were probably simply a form of sentimental or mourning jewelry. See a good selection of Lover’s Eye brooches here on Pinterest. ‘Secret Sitters’ is my homage to these brooches, but I have decided to present them on antique and vintage books instead. I have a variety of books in stock. If you wish to commission your own Secret Sitter miniature (eye, nose, mouth or ears!), please request to see my current stock and choose your preferred book, then just simply email me a good quality (in focus) close-up photo of your loved one’s eye. Alternatively, send me the book you wish me to paint on. Email me an image of it first though, so I can see if it is suitable (e.g. it can’t have any embossing on the area you wish me to paint). The perfect wedding, Valentine’s Day, birthday or Christmas gift. Contact me now for more details.  
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Self-portrait with magpie

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Self portrait with magpie
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Madame de Pompadour (as seen on ‘Doctor Who’)

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I painted this portrait for the BBC for an episode of Doctor Who. It is the actor Sophia Myles as Madame de Pompadour in the episode ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’. I used one of Boucher’s paintings of Madame de Pompadour as reference, and painted Sophia’s face using one of her publicity photos. I would’ve preferred to have photographed her in full costume and wig, but sadly time didn’t permit. It was in shot for all of 20 seconds right at the end! Here it is in situ on the Doctor Who Website If you would like a print, please message me via the contacts page. Oil on wood panel.
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RocketGoldStar

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Portrait of South Wales indo rock band Rocket Gold Star. I was commissioned to paint this for the video of their song Steamboat to Nowhere. See it catching fire here! The artwork also appears inside their CD Soft Eject. Oil on wood panel. 12 x 16.5 inches.
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Portrait of Dave T

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Private commission. Oil on wood panel. 12 x 16.5 inches.
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Gary

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Portrait of my big brother Gary when he was just a little lad. He was so cute! The apple is significant as I always remember him munching on them. Once my Grandma took one of the pips from his apple and planted it in a pot and left it on her kitchen window sill until it was big enough to plant in a border. We would often be photographed in front of the sapling as it grew. Not sure what happened to it in the end. It was probably removed after it grew too big for its spot once both my Grandma and Grandad had passed away. Oil on wood
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Ann Tudor Style

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Ann commissioned a portrait of herself and her dearly departed cat Dolly to celebrate her 60th birthday. Ann enjoys writing and all things Tudor. Quote from client: “To say I am very pleased is an understatement. It looks so good! The addition of the pearls and ‘A’ really finish it off and I cannot think of anything else to add to it.” “I can’t believe how much like me I look (if that makes sense), and you have Dolly perfect.”   Oil on wood panel. 12 x 16.5 inches
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Flemish Style Georgie

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Private commission. Dutch inscription translates as ‘We are here for a reason’. Oil on wood panel. 12 x 16.5 inches.
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