I started portraiture just because I'd never done it and wanted to
I'm particularly inspired by the John Singer Sargent portraits: not
big society oils but especially his charcoal drawings. Gwen John's
Ken Paine's portraits are also particularly moving. I committed myself
a regular evening class, beginning with drawings in pencil then progressing
with charcoal, pastels and oils. Eventually I felt confident enough
to hire my own models and leave the protective atmosphere of the class.
shows a selection of portraits ranging from "Carrie", a two-hour
study on A5 board to "Katherine - Reflective", A1 in size and
requiring about a dozen sittings.