Art is one of my passions. I love the masters e.g. John Collier, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Phillip Alexius de Laszlo, Edgar Degas etc. and how realistic they could make their portraits. They almost bring them to life, giving a glimpse of the personalities they depict. I particularly like sketches such as those of Leonardo Da Vinci.
When I've had the opportunity to see one of my favourite artists' works in real life I have been known to get emotional! I am very much in awe of their experience and expertise.
At home, when I was young, I used to copy cartoons and fashion models in 1970's clothing catalogues!
My career has been purely analytical and administrative but I now need to also concentrate on my creative side.
I draw animals mainly (although I have drawn a few people). I find the eyes fascinating and will always start with them. If they're drawn correctly I believe that they will give a glimpse of the character and, I know it's a cliche, but I do believe that they are the window to the soul.
I particularly like the contrast that can be created between light and shade . I use soft pastel pencils usually as they are so adaptable for detail, colour and shading. My default is to work on black paper but I'm also happy to use coloured background if required.
I have included some pictures from my portfolio for you to get a feel of what I have done so far.
I have a selection of mounted originals and prints currently available for sale within the online gallery, including backing board and cellophane wrap. If you are interested in purchasing one of these pictures marked for sale or if you would like to discuss the prospect of a bespoke commission at VERY REASONABLE AND DISCOUNTED PRICES please contact me. I CAN GUARANTEE I CAN BEAT THE COMPETITION ON COST!
I also offer 1-1 art tuition for anyone who would like to improve, whatever their age. I often hear people say 'I can't draw, I'm no good at it.' I believe that EVERYONE can draw, given a little encouragement and confidence. Whether you're an adult, or have children who need a bit of extra tuition for school. I can help you create a piece of art of your choice, using standard pencils for sketching, or chalk pastels. I can also provide the necessary materials. If you'd like to discuss a lesson tailored to any ability then please contact me. I want to share my passion and creativity!
I hope you enjoy viewing my portraits and I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your interest.