Art is one of my passions. I love the masters such as Sir Thomas Lawrence and Edgar Degas 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'm now concentrating on my creative side.
I draw animals and the human form using soft chalk pastel pencils as they are so adaptable for detail, colour and shading. I usually leave the background untouched as I want all the focus to be on the subject. I particularly like the stark contrast between light and shade and fur, hair, texture and eyes are some of my favourites! My work seems to get more detailed and patience does help! ! I start to draw and I listen to my favourite music and everything else disappears, except my art. I’m completely immersed and it’s my form of mindfulness. It’s important for me to draw regularly, for my art and draftsmanship to evolve and not to stay within my comfort zone. i choose subjects that challenge me, which push the boundaries of chalk to the limit with ultra-fine lines and blending/shading.
I draw what I see and I try to produce the best image that I can. I'm not into ultra-realism and as Grayson Perry said, 'You can use your iPhone for that!'.
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 prices please contact me.
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. Please either email me at 'Paula@paulakearart.co.uk' or complete the contact form on this website and I will respond as soon as possible.
Thank you for your interest.