Author: Rosanna Chittenden

Figurative artist based in South West UK, specialising in oil or pastel portraits of adults, children, family groups, and animals.

About Rosanna Chittenden

Figurative artist based in South West UK, specialising in oil or pastel portraits of adults, children, family groups, and animals.

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Here are my most recent posts

Oil Portrait of a Pony-Mad Young Girl

The Sitter Isla is the oldest of 4 children. At 12,  the adolescent is lurking in the wings but she is still delightfully young and sweet and in the full swing of pony madness. She arrived, as instructed, with lots of changes of clothes and various props including some rosettes and, rather charmingly, her teddybear. […]

Rufus, the dog with the longest eyelashes

Rufus, a 2 year old cocker spaniel has to be one of the most delicious dogs I have ever known. So amenable, obedient, so eager to please. And entirely focussed on his master, Simon. His coat was as soft as silk. But the most enticing thing about him was the length of his eyelashes. I […]

Hetta at Home

Hetta was not keen to have her portrait painted! Her husband commissioned me to paint her but didn’t inform me of her reluctance until I was about 10 minutes away from their house. With some trepidation as to how I was going to handle this scenario, I arrived laden with all my photography kit and […]

Third Portrait to Complete the Family

Pastel portrait of young boy

Harry is the youngest son of my cousin, the very talented artist Mary-Ann Watt. His older sisters, Isla and Florence, had had their portraits done by me several years earlier when they respectively turned 10. Now, finally, it was Harry’s turn. The Sitter Only boy, and youngest of 3, Harry has a fabulous mop of […]

Portraits of Two Brothers

Oil portraits of two brothers

I absolutely loved this commission. On paper it was potentially full of complications. Portraits of 2 brothers – one of 15, one of 9. The 15 year old is very much a young man, tall and long-limbed and rather camera shy. The 8 year old – a chorister at Salisbury cathedral – is a young […]

Scrumpy – The Artist’s Dog

portrait of the artist's jack russell terrier, oil on board

Scrumpy is the first small dog I have ever owned. I had never particularly liked small dogs, preferring instead the big labs. But then I met her mother, Scrappy, the most heavenly long-haired jack russell. (You can read all about her here) and my canine tastes changed irrevocably. Scrumpy, Scrappy’s daughter from a 2nd litter, was […]

Portraits of Twins

Oil portraits of twins displayed side by side

This was a fascinating commission. Two individual portraits of twins. When painting siblings, I always try and ensure that the paintings work both separately and collectively. This means choosing poses that work together so that the children aren’t all facing the same way (like sitting on a bus). With twins, and the added closeness that […]

Informal Pastel Portrait of Roddy – a Larger than Life Military Historian

informal pastel portrait of a military historian

  When Roddy came to pick up the portrait of his wife, Sian, there was a general consensus that really it was only right and fitting that he should have a portrait painted of himself.    But rather than have a matching “his ‘n hers”, he felt that his portrait should be completely different. Where her […]

Pastel Portrait of Yasmin

  About the Sitter Yasmin H was my youngest daughter’s best friend at primary school and a regular and much loved in our house. Even at 7, she was extraordinarily beautiful – olive-skinned, greeny-hazel eyed and wonderful leonine hair; but she was also kind, gentle, serene, warm and loyal. And absurdly talented at whatever she turned her […]

Sian and Dolly – Portrait of a Lady with her Dog

Oil portrait of a lady with her dog

  Sian de N burst into my life when she turned up for a head and shoulders sitting, bringing her devoted border terrier, Dolly, along for the ride. Sian is one of the most fun and energetic women I have met in years and we hit it off famously and felt like old friends within […]

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