Biography, and how to contact me
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I studied theatre design at Central Saint Martins College of Art, and then completed a degree in History of Art at University College, London, where I loved 19th century French painting and first became interested in portraiture (see a few of my favourite portraits below) Based in London, I work both as a portrait artist and also as an art director in set design for the film industry where my recent CV includes films such as Star Wars: Rogue One, Allied and Jurassic World (set decorators please click here for some film portrait samples). I have also worked on the new Harry Potter Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. Above all though I am fascinated by faces and love painting and drawing them. My goal is always to produce portraits that ‘capture’ my subjects’ expression and character, and I’m so pleased when customers tell me that I’ve achieved this.
For pencil portraits, I like to work in a range of grades of pencil softness from HB through to 8B. I’ve become very fussy about my pencils and prefer the Faber-Castell 9000 range for slightly harder leads and Derwent Graphic pencils for the softer grades. Usually I’ll use around 5 different pencil grades for a drawing. I draw on heavyweight cartridge that can take a bit of rubbing out, because I like to actually ‘draw’ a lot with my erasers – working back into the pencil with them to create highlights. If you are interested you can read more on my drawing techniques.
For oil paintings I like to use Michael Harding oil paint, and for watercolours I like Cotman watercolour tubes on Langton paper.
a few favourite portraits
- George Richmond, Self Portrait, 1840, © National Portrait Gallery, London
- Thomas Gainsborough, The Painter’s Daughters With A Cat, 1760-11, © National Gallery, London
- Anonymous, Italy , A sleeping dog with long, flowing tail, 16th C © The Trustees of the British Museum
- Henry Raeburn, The Reverend Robert Walker Skating On Duddingston Loch, 1790s, © National Gallery of Scotland
- Mary Cassatt, Emmie and her Child, 1889, © Wichita Museum of Fine Arts
- Rembrandt Van Rijn, Self Portrait, 1659, © National Gallery of Art, Washington
- Rufus Hathaway, Molly Leonard and Her Pets, 1790, © Metropolitan Museum of Art