A portrait is a one to one event between the artist and sitter, but it is virtually impossible, and dare I say arrogant, for an artist to suggest they can assess and capture the character of a person on canvas, whom they have probably never met before, in the short space of time that is usually available for sittings. Therefore, I aim to paint as I see, as honestly as possible, without pretentions to reach higher states of emotions, either from my sitter or myself. I aim to achieve a recognisable likeness and capture the spirit of a person at that moment in time.

I paint in acrylic, watercolour, gouache, graphite and pastel and, more often than not, in a mixture of several of these to obtain the immediacy of effect I am looking for. I tend to steer clear of the oppressive and austere oil portraits of the stately home variety.

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