Commission a Portrait

On our Painting Holiday in Italy in May 2015, one of the guests asked me to paint a portrait of her husband Arthur for his birthday present in August. It was to be a surprise so she asked if I could work from photographs. I said that I could, but if possible I would prefer … Read more

John Singer Sargent

National Portrait Gallery One of the “must see” exhibitions of 2015 has to be the John Singer Sargent, Portraits of Artists and Friends. It’s on show at the National Portrait Gallery, London. It is accompanied by a terrific new book by Richard Ormond. He is the co-author (with Elaine Kilmurray) of the Complete Paintings ¬†of … Read more

BP Portrait Awards 2012

BP Portrait

National Portrait Gallery The BP Portrait Awards 2012 Exhibition is currently on at the National Portrait Gallery. Over the years I’ve received many a commission to do a painting of a client’s home. Sometimes this has been overseas in countries like Italy. I always enjoy travelling to see the property which is usually impressive and … Read more

John Singer Sargent

Singer Sargent

Richard Ormond The American artist John Singer Sargent died this day in 1925. As well as being an outstanding artist, he was a gifted musician and fluent in French, Italian and German. I’ve been a great admirer of his work for many years. I often spend time deeply engrossed studying the many fine books written … Read more

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