About 2018-04-23T19:56:09+00:00

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Biography

On graduating from Ravensbourne Art College in the late nineteen seventies, I worked in Fleet Street, drawing portraits of political figures for the national and international press.

Following this, I developed a successful career in advertising, becoming an art director with several London agencies.

During the nineteen nineties I started working in traditional portraiture, having been taught period painting techniques by Dr David Cranswick, a specialist in old master materials.

Today my studio is in Sevenoaks, Kent, where I paint portraits to commission for a range of clients in the UK and overseas.

Technique

The portraits here begin with an underpainting that is built up with a series of glazes. The shadows are deepened and white is introduced to develop strong lights and delicate halftones.
Colour is applied once the tones are fully established. The underpainting gives the portrait a tonal foundation and can increase the depth and naturalism of the finished work.
Portraits from life usually require 4 to 6 sittings of about 2 or 3 hours each. Where sittings are not an option, suitable photographic reference can be used. A portrait will normally take around 3 months to complete.