Portraits

Portraits and Commissions

I’ve thought a lot about what it is that makes me want to paint portraits, especially of people. I think that having been a psychologist I feel drawn to try and and capture something of the experiences that the sitter has encountered during their life times. I guess this is why painting adults is easier than painting children because the adults have experiences written all over their faces whereas kids usually do not. I find that capturing the “essence” of that individual is what it is all about for me. I can’t rest till I think I’ve “got it”. It can feel like both an inspiring and exhausting exercise all at the same time. 

Here are some recent examples of my work:

 

If you want a commission I will send you details of how I work from taking photographs all the way to approval stage etc. Just contact me and I will explain how I work. I look forward to hearing from you!

Here are some examples:

IMG_4560This is a safari guide in Africa who lives to be able to show “his” wilderness to tourists in the hope that they will love what they see as much as he does. I painted him in two different styles. Which do you prefer?

 

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Here are two elderly people who have lived hard lives. One in Bulgaria and one in India. Their life experiences are written all over their faces; they were a joy to paint.

 

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 to select the exact composition that I want.

 

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 some more examples of my work and see what you think. I love the way this sitter looks off to the left of the picture frame. Makes you wonder what she was thinking?

 

 

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Or how about this sitter. Is he frowning because of the bright sunlight or about what he’s thinking? I know but I can’t say – the artist/sitters secret…..

 

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Is this sitter sad or sleepy. I don’t know but I like to imagine………

 

 

For commissions please contact me by phone or email – see my contact page for details.