Welcome to the website. I am a portrait artist specialising particularly in child portraits, and create hand drawn portraits in soft pencils, or painted in oils or watercolour. Based in London, I take portraiture commissions from all over the UK and abroad. Unlike those portrait artists who require a series of sittings I work entirely from digital photographs which customers send to me via email.
Child & family portrait specialist
Although I also make portraits of adults and pets, my most frequent subjects are children. I try to use as light a touch as possible in order to try to convey a child’s more delicate skin, and to convey the sense of a fleeting moment of childhood captured.
My goal with any subject is to capture an accurate likeness not only of their physical features but also of their character, and I think this is what can make a portrait special and distinct from a photograph.
To do this I like to find out about my subject’s personality, so I can try to reflect this within the portrait. Although I work from one key photograph, I like to see a couple more in order to get a rounded impression of their features and their general manner.
COMMISSIONING A PORTRAIT SKETCH
The key to a successful portrait is good communication with my customers throughout the process. When you commission a portrait we’ll have a chat to find out exactly what you are looking for with your portrait, and I’ll help you to choose a photo for me to work from. Don’t worry if you aren’t really sure at this point as I have many years of experience advising my customers.
On this website I’ve put together a complete guide to commissioning a portrait. You’ll find advice on how to take suitable pictures for me to work from, and information on how the process works from start to finish. Click the link below to read more and to browse through frequently asked questions, and of course you can also get in touch with any queries.
EQUESTRIAN & PETS
I’m now also offering portraits in oil paint. I love the freshness of an oil portrait and prefer an informal image with the hint of a background, where appropriate. For a small child I love a small square canvas that focuses on their face and expression. This format also works well with pet portraits. Read more about oil portraits here
Although I work from photographs rather than meeting the subject in person, I try to be as approachable as possible throughout the whole process. As well as discussing your portrait with you in detail before commencing work, I always provide an opportunity for you to view a scan of your portrait when it’s near completion, so you can let me know if there’s anything you want me to change.
My goal is for you to be completely satisfied with your finished artwork, and as a result I have many returning customers.
If you’d like another copy of your pencil or watercolour portrait I can order you a high quality print copy. Read more about giclée prints here.
I don’t offer a framing service but am happy to offer you advice about framing your portrait and have put a framing guide together here to help you.
Portrait artist commissions from photographs, based in the UK and shipping word wide.