Exhibited Portraits

The Calling (Madonna)
The Calling – watercolour on wooden panel (Society of Women Artists 2018)

I am drawn to 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. I often place my subjects in strong, one-directional light, mapping the way it falls to add 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: Please click here for examples and information about commissioning a portrait and feel free to email me with any questions.

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