#Seemetoseeyourself Portraits

There is something about being seen, being witnessed for who you truly are.

The portrait session is a way to sit with it. With yourself and connect. To yourself. I am there to witness that process. The resulting portrait painting in acrylics is a document of that.

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Lila, portrait preparatory sketch in acrylics, 2018.

I love doing these, as usually the true spark of a person (I paint women) comes through. How can it not? And I get a chance to glimpse it and paint it. That is the most thrilling part of it all.

Women often tell me I have captured how they feel on the inside, which is what always comes through, beyond the surface of your face, or the canvas.

The way I approach painting the portrait is quite intuitive based on my sensitivity, yet is informed by painterly and drawing techniques and training. I love to map out your face, personality and beyond in bold brushstrokes and meaningful colours.

The seeing and the knowing come together.

The portrait session takes about ninety minutes in my London studio, while we sit with it,  and I take visual notes and reference photographs. When you leave I stay with the material and work with it. The process works online, via skype too.

To book your portrait session to #seemetoseeyourself get in touch.

For the duration of September I am putting on a special offer – you can get your unique portrait for the price of your three working days (minimum GBP 150). That is how long it takes me to finish one piece. For further information, get in touch.

I look forward for you to #seemetoseeyourself.

 

 

 

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#TelegraphHillFestival #ArtOpenShow @WhiteHartSE

Sooo, it is official. I am showing (off) tadaaa! Again, this year, at The Telegraph Hill Festival Art Open Show at the White Hart at New Cross Gate (on the corner of New Cross Road and Queens Peckham Road) – nice venue. Tonight I went to check it out with their jazzy vibes and mellow stouts.

This is half of what I am showing…the portrait sketches from #seemetoseeyourself project. If you want your own #overacupofcoffeeportrait, get in touch…we could meet there, or some other local venue for a sketching session. Coffee/beer on me. Prices affordable. I love meeting and sketching/portraiting people, so why not make use of it.

I am also showing another three spring inspired pieces, which I am going to show you when I get better pictures of them hung in situ.

The Show is on for the duration of the Festival (until Easter) and my work is to be seen in its first week, the second week another fifteen local artists are showing theirs. It is a nice mixture, varied selection of what is happening up on the Hill artwise: from life drawing class sketches, ink drawings of London, gestural oil drawings, skateboard paintings, Boshean oils to photographs of wrecks at dusk and botanical drawings. Why not come and see it for yourself?  Either this week or the following…or why not come twice. The food has a good reputation…and there is jazz on Sunday night.

Let me know what you thought.