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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
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.
Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait
Self-Portrait, 2020; oil on canvas; 400X400mm; aprox 14 hrs. Long hair thanks to no haircuts in the Covid lockdown!
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!
Nathalie
Nathalie
Nathallie. A two-hour live studio study in pastel, 2019. A present for her parents and an image for her website. 400X300mm
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
Dave on Stanage Edge
Dave on Stanage Edge
Dave and I used to climb the grit-stone ridges round Sheffield when we were both journalists in Sheffield...a few years ago! Now in Australia Dave sent photos and this is the 2019 result in oils; 24hrs; 415X600mm
Kit on Carl Work
Kit on Carl Work
Kit very sadly died of cancer but her former husband Dave (left) wanted a portrait for their son. Here she is on Carl Wark in Derbyshire with Higger Tor behind. From photos, 14hrs, 2019, 0il on canvas, 400X400
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
Margo
Margo
This is Margo, January 2019 in Kishorn, Highlands of Scotland.; 352X280 in oil on canvas; about 27 hrs
Elaine
Elaine
Elaine was one of the organisers of the 2019 'Portrait of Nairn' - a series of portraits of Nairn characters. This was to be a present for her husband. Oil on canvas, 300X300mm.
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.
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
Tess
Tess
Tess in Australia from a photograph by her father David, an old journalist friend. It was that special moment in the forest that was important. Pastel, 200X300. 2021
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
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