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"On the Morning of his Sister's Birthday."
1st sitting May 2013, completed early January 2014
A double portrait of my son.

On the Morning of his Sister's Birthday

Anamorphic Self Portrait

"Anamorphic Self Portrait"
portrait worked on three panels at right angles to each other to give a 3D effect.
Finished February 2013

"Matt from Next Door."
Sitting July 2012, completed October 2012
A warm-up piece for a future commission.

Matt next door

Charlie on Buddy

"Charlie on Buddy"
portrait derived from old photographs.
Finished March 2011

"First Day in the Big School."
Sitting October 2010, completed March 2011
It will be on display as part of the "Horse in Art Show", held by The Society For Equestrian Art, at the Mall Galleries, 2-7th August 2011.

First Day in the Big School

Madonna and Child

"Madonna and Child"
a portrait in chalk on brown paper for a Christmas card
December 2010

"Charlie M"
February 2010

Charlie M

The Elsewhere Mr. Finn

"The Elsewhere Mr. Finn"
a portrait in a trompe l’œil mirror
April 2010

"Self portrait in fencing kit"
March 2009

Self portrait in fencing kit


August 2009

Christmas card portrait
December 2008

christmas card portrait of my son


January 2009, re-worked August 2011.

"What are you doing in there?"
Trompe l’œil portrait
July 2008

trompe l'oeil portrait of my son

Mr Rob Thompson

Mr Rob Thompson
February 2008

Double portrait of my children
March 2006

double portrait of my children

portrait of my daughter, aged 9 months

"Eleanora Venus,
a portrait of my daughter, aged 9 months"

February 2004

Mr. D. Schauerman

portrait of Mr. Schauerman

portrait of Mr.Smale

Mr. G. Smale: "The Pointer"

Other types of portrait paintings:

A miniature.

sample miniature

Why do I like painting portraits?
Wanting to know more about painting, I took up portraiture as, I suppose, a kind of test. I feel successful depiction of the human form is one of the ultimate expressions of painting and drawing, so pursuing this would indeed be a real gauge of my progression as a painter. So, being a beginner in both method and theory you can see my first attempts were principally about representation. I was learning on the job.
Now I am trying to do a lot more, I hope. My pictures are biographical, painted as a response to my perception of the sitters personality. I try to create a sense of presence, as though one is in the room with them, both as a particular individual and generically as another human being. This distinction into two tiers, as it were, is important to me, as almost every one viewing the painting will know nothing personal about the sitter, but will have met quite a few humans by now! This, the most amazing thing about portraits is their reminder of our shared humanity. Since ancient people first drew each other, to the present time, portraits have eloquently told us what it is like to be; so telling of the dramas and possibilities of a life thus depicted.
I am keen to follow this tradition.

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