I work from life, painting in my studio or elsewhere, and only from photographs if life drawing sessions are not possible or if a client wishes it. And yet a painted portrait is never a copy of a photograph but a psychologically deep interpretation.
Before painting a full colour portrait, I do a few sketches no matter if I paint from life or a photograph thus getting to know the person to be portrayed. It is like a beginning of a relationship. Apart from the likeness, which is a minor challenge, there is a bigger one of capturing the personality and momentous mood. I want my portraits to tell a story and intrigue the viewer. I hope they do.
I can draw or paint a straitforward portrait or add an object, pattern or detail reflecting people's inner world. I work in soft pastels, watercolours, pencil, charcoal and acrylics. Please look through the exmples of my portrait work and feel free to contact me for more details including pricing and conditions.
I also accept city-, land- and seascape as well as pet portrait commissions. For examples of my landscape paintings, please see 'Places'.
'It was great to receive such a unique and personal card. Beautifully made - a special keepsake.' Olya Darroch, UK, on a personalised birthday card with an illustrated portrait
'Das ist ein wunderbares Geschenk, dem ich einen zentralen Platz schenken werde!' Agnieszka Bialkowska-Appel, Deutschland, on a custom illustrated portrait
'The best surprise I have had in a very long time, so thoughful and very inspiring.' Daniel Claeys, Belgium, on a custom illustrated portrait