I am drawn the intimacy and complexity of portraits. Our ability as humans to read the most subtle nuances in faces, even those in historic portraits, makes the genre a challenge, particularly in watercolour and that’s fascinating to me. I often place my subjects in strong, one-directional light and mapping the way it falls adds both dimension and drama. I use “gravity painted” watercolours or diluted oils and enjoy working to commission to capture treasured family portraits. This process is explained below.
Exhibited portraits (selection):
Portrait commissions (a selection):
What clients have said:
“Thanks again Catherine, you’ve been a joy to work with and you’ve captured the girls beautifully. We will treasure the painting for many years.”
“I just had to write and say how thrilled we both are with the portrait – it is amazing. I was so wowed by it when I saw it, I was speechless…I can’t wait to get the picture home.”
“absolutely beautiful portraits…I have just opened them and was in tears…I couldn’t have wished for more…thank you”
“So very pleased with the portraits – you have captured them both perfectly.”
“P absolutely loved the painting…There were quite a few tears shed by all concerned. Thank you again for such a lovely painting.”
Your portrait starts with an initial sitting of pencil studies and photographic notes. Sittings for child portraits can take place where they feel most relaxed – in their own home. They can also be arranged in my studio on the southern edge of Bath if this is more convenient for you.
I will produce a photographic plan of the painting in advance, taking a fifty per cent deposit only after this plan meets with your approval. There is another viewing nearer to completion where small adjustments can be made.
I will use translucent, professional watercolours for your portrait on a “canvas” of acid-free watercolour board which can be framed on top of the mount for a contemporary look.
Framing and events unveiling possible.
Once your portrait is completed, I can create professional art prints of the image which make excellent family gifts and is a way for other loved ones to share in the portrait.
Price guide (unframed):
Head and shoulder watercolour portrait on board: £950 (55cms square)
Other dimensions possible up to a maximum of 76 x 56cms.
Head and shoulder watercolour portrait on clay panel: £1250 ( c.40 x 52cms)
Other sizes available.
Oil portraits – please email for details.
Savings for multiple portraits in the same location.
Please email me for enquiries.
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