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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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! … 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

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 … Read more

Scrappy – A Pastel Sketch of The Most Beloved Jack Russell Terrier

  The Story Scrappy is responsible for my having 2 Jack Russell terriers. For two reasons. Firstly, historically, I had always had big dogs. Didn’t really ‘do’ small dogs. Ankle-biting yapping things that follow big bottomed handsome women of a certain age, as far as I was concerned.  Then I met Scrappy. And within minutes I knew without … Read more

Olivia H at 15 – Pastel head and shoulders portrait of a teenage girl

Pastel portrait of a teenage girl

I have known Olivia since she was 10. She is the older sister of my youngest’s best friend at primary school from some years ago.  Always in and out of each other’s houses, our two families were great friends. But since the girls moved on to different secondary schools, our paths hadn’t crossed so much and it … Read more

Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl – The Delicious Bella

  I had previously done a pastel head and shoulders of both of Bella’s brothers, and that was what was planned for Bella. But when she walked into my studio dressed in an extraordinary and very carefully chosen outfit: party dress with full veil petticoat, favourite sparkly scuffed shoes (one with a bow missing), silver … Read more

Mollie and Gracie – Pastel Portrait Drawings of Two Small Dogs

Small in stature, but by no means small in personality – quirky and quite delicious – Gracie and Mollie were a joy to draw. I felt that pastel was the more suitable medium here for these two dogs as their energy, characters and hairy coats are better represented by a pastel portrait drawing. Normally, with dog portraits, I draw just the … Read more