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.

Find more about me on:

Here are my most recent posts

Sibling portraits, 15 years later

portraits of siblings

Aeons ago, when our children were at the same nursery school in Shepton Beauchamp, Tam and Dan Mason commissioned me to do pastel portraits of their children, Max and Izzie. Fast forward 15 or so years and the ever youthful Tam – of the wonderful Tam Mason Handscrub fame – is about to turn 50. […]

Tony – rock manager and all round legend

Head of Tony

I was lucky enough to meet this incredible man in the spring of 2018. Commissioned by his wife, Jane, to paint her 80 year old husband, Tony, I had done a little research before arriving at their beautiful estate in Somerset with all my kit for the sitting. Enough to realise that he was my […]

Clemmie – a summer portrait

This portrait is about those lovely relaxed endless sunny days of the summer holidays. Her gorgeous olive skin, fringed denim shorts, ankle bracelet and bare feet sing out the song of summer.

Capturing the captivating Claudia in pastel

The Sitter An enchanting 6 year old, Claudia has a timelessness that is captivating. She is engaging and curious, but has a gentleness and stillness that belies her years. I thoroughly enjoyed every stage of this portrait. And am looking forward to meeting her sister Agatha in 2 years time for her portrait. Sometimes, I […]

Pastel Portraits of Two Brothers

An interesting commission this, from a friend and fellow artist who had studied at the same school – Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. It is always difficult to draw one’s own children with the necessary degree of objectivity, so Katie had entrusted me to capture them. But obviously with shortage of expectation. No pressure then! […]

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 […]

Next Page »