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Portraits

Here are a variety of portraits from the last few years! These have all beeen commissioned so are in private hands. What I try to say to people interested in a portrait is:

"My heart is to make your portrait really special for you. I want you to have a painting that will give you pleasure for many years to come. My aim is to achieve a good likeness and also to produce a lovely painting. 

"I have worked for many years on portraits and each one is incredibly special, different and challenging because as people we are all so special and different! That’s what makes portraiture so fascinating.

"The result is hopefully a very special expression of YOU!" (And if you are interested in a portrait let me know through the 'Contact' page above!)

Time taken ranges from 30 minutes to 34 hours(!)  Some are done entirely from 'sittings', some use both sittings and photos and some are just from photos. A live sitting is wonderful but more time-consuming for you as the sitter and impossible if you live a long way away! I have recently enjoyed doing 'virtual sittings' on Zoom or Facetime - and you, the sitter, can be anywhere in the world! Further work continues in the studio with the help of photos I take of you on the screen! 

With the images here I just use first-names for the sake of confidentiality. Fees vary enormously and have to be worked out on an individual basis. 

If you are interested in arranging a portrait, please get in touch, using 'Contact' (above) and follow the simple directions.

Thomas, Crystal & Elora
Thomas, Crystal & Elora
A special moment for a young family - our son Thomas with Crystal and their new baby Elora, early in 2021.
Oil on canvas 400X400. About 20hrs
Daisy
Daisy
Pastel portrait of Daisy, 2019, 400X300mm. She is my great-niece - which means I am a bit older than her! That's Loch Kishorn behind her. 18 hrs from sketches and photos.
Robert
Robert
A special request from his widow as Robert, a former Highland game-keeper, died in 2017. Pastel 383 X313mm. 12 hrs
5 Crystal
5 Crystal
Crystal, our daughter-in-law: oil on canvas, 400X400. 30hrs; FaceTime portrait during the 2020 Covid lock-down. 4hrs on-screen; rest in studio. A wonderful experience, 2,000 miles away in Nairobi, Kenya - including disruption by a tropical thunderstorm!
Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait, 2020; oil on canvas; 400X400mm; aprox 14 hrs. Long hair thanks to no haircuts in the Covid lockdown!
Anthony
Anthony
Anthony wanted something for the front cover of one of his books. This was the result! A quick 40-minute on-the-spot pastel, 2019. 400X300mm. 2019
Jane
Jane
Jane - wife of Anthony's (left) - was relaxing in her arm-chair for this 40-minute pastel. She is lovely even though not as active as she used to be. 2019 Pastel 400X300m. .
Two Boys
Two Boys
A 12-hour study from photographs of a little boy and his elder brother. A tribute to the younger one who very sadly died shortly after the photos were taken.
2019, pastel 180X140mm
Rachel
Rachel
Rachel is from Uganda and was visiting Inverness with her husband Prophet, for this live studio-portrait in pastels, Aug 2019. About 30 mins, 400X350mm
Rosa
Rosa
A very quick portrait of Rosa, 2019 - really a 'Portrait-Sketch' but as she's a very special grand-daughter she's on this page! Pastel, 350X300mm.
Elora
Elora
Elora aged one and a half, 2022. Pastel 200x200. About 40-50mins. Working fast while in her high-chair plus a bit more with a photo. A special treat for a Granpa!
Gillian & Myla
Gillian & Myla
A special moment for grandmother and grand-daughter together. A surprise present for grandmother. Pastel, 2021. 220X300mm
Leslie
Leslie
Pastel 2021, 400X300mm
Stephen Mbogo
Stephen Mbogo
Stephen is National Director of African Enterprise and this was used for the cover of his recent biography. Pastel, 400X300mm
Marjorie & Veryan
Marjorie & Veryan
When Veryan was 19 her mother died and Veryan wanted a portrait of her - aged six - with her mother. So using photos this was the result. Pastel 2021, 220X300mm
Calum
Calum
Hill-walking above Glencoe- a portrait based on a photo taken by a friend. Oil on canvas, 406x406. 2022. About 13hrs
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