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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. Ideally it will be a blessing even if the viewer has never met you!

"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!"

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. Sittings are preferred if possible but are more time-consuming for the sitter! I have recently enjoyed doing 'virtual sittings' on Zoom - and you, the sitter, can be anywhere in the world! Further work continues in the studio using photos taken of you on the screen! 

First-names only are used here 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.

5 Crystal
5 Crystal
Crystal, our daughter-in-law: oil on canvas, 400X400. 30hrs; FaceTime portrait - 4hrs on-screen; rest in studio. 2020. A wonderful experience doing her portrait, 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!
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
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
Alister
Alister
Although over 90 Alistair is very lively and a great character. This was one of a number of 30-min oil sketches for a 'Portrait of Nairn' 2019. Oil, 300X300
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.
Ian
Ian
Ian was sitting for the Redcastle Art Group (RAG) and is husband of one of the members! 2019, about 2 hours, oil on canvas, 400X300mm
Rosa
Rosa
A very quick portrait of Rosa - really a 'Portrait-Sketch' but as she's a very special grand-daughter she's on this page! Pastel, 300X350mm; 2019
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