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Florence – Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl

  I had painted Florence’s sister, Isla, a couple of years ago when she was 10. Isla, see below, was a beautiful, relatively shy, dreamy, bookworm brunette. The pose we chose then reflected that and had a gentle serenity about it as she gazed out of the picture. Two years later, in bounced Florence. Completely […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iris – Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl

pastel portrait of a young girl

  Iris, 6 years old, is the youngest of three. Bright, determined, confident, mischievous and with a wonderful mop of hair. I had drawn Gus’ and Honor’s portraits 5 and 3 years ago, respectively, when they were both 6. So their pastel portraits came back with Iris so that I could have them with me while […]

Oil Portrait of a Serene Young Woman – Catriona A-M

The Idea About 18 months ago, while I was painting the huge portrait of my sister, Antonia Davies, I was visited in my studio by Jilly, a friend of my mother’s who was interested in commissioning a portrait of her then 17 year old granddaughter, Catriona. The Initial Meeting We agreed that it would be a […]

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 […]

Oil Portraits of Four Children

This is a family of four enchanting Irish children that I have just finished painting – 6 months of work. It was a very interesting and challenging commission with the children’s age ranging is from 11 down to 4 years old. The challenge was to produce 4 individual oil portraits of these highly individual children that had cohesion as a set. […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Improve your Portrait Drawing Skills

Paper crumpled ready for drawing

  ‘Why Don’t My Portraits Look Like the Sitter?’ This is a familiar cry from my workshops. Everything is more or less in the right place but yet the likeness continues to elude. The answer is that the difference between a good likeness and no likeness lies in the precision of the angles.   The Problem […]

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