A 60th birthday commission

closeup of portrait of man

This commission was fun from start to finish. Gus made contact with me, having been given a portrait of himself for his 60th birthday by his family. Although we didn’t actually know each other, there were so many connections between us – he is the bursar at my old school – which both my sisters … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Oil Portrait of a Personable Young Man – William A-M

  The Sitter William is a warm, likeable, quietly confident young man who, as I finished this portrait, was celebrating his 18th birthday and completing his A levels. I had painted his sister, Catriona, 18 months previously – one of my favourite portraits. Now I wanted to paint an equally good portrait of William that would stand … Read more

Oil Sketch of an Elderly Man wearing a Scarf

I spent a wonderful and very productive 4 days at the Summerleaze Gallery Studios in Wiltshire. Four days of having a variety of models at our disposal under the watchful and extremely helpful eye of portrait artist Anthony Connolly. This was a small slice of heaven for me. Undiluted portrait paradise. The models were chosen for … Read more

Corporate Portrait of John Davy – Retired Chairman of Davy’s Wine Merchants

corporate portrait - oil on canvas

This oil portrait of John Davy, former Chairman of Davy’s Wine Merchants, in London was commissioned by his son, James, the current Chairman, to hang in the Boardroom. Whilst this is a corporate portrait, with a certain gravitas to honour his importance to this family company, it was also very important to convey the warmth and … Read more