Painting portraits is a very intense and personal thing to do for someone. Children are the hardest to paint because they don’t yet have life experiences etched onto their faces. Adults, especially older people, are a dream to paint because their faces show how they have lived and even more something of their character.
In a perfect world I would always paint from life. Unfortunately because people are so busy I often end up painting from photographs. My preference is to take my own photos whenever possible. I know what a “good” portrait photograph needs to be like and as a result they enable me to get a great likeness and a great composition. I honestly believe that my psychology background helps me to identify that “something” special that everyone has within them. It’s a challenge but I try very hard to capture that “something” in my paintings. Have a look at these examples and see what you think.
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Here is some of my recent work and commissions.