Portrait painting – I work mostly in oils, but also watercolour and pastel.

Below is an extract from Iris Murdoch’s ‘The Sandcastle’, the story of a young portrait painter, Rain Carter, who is painting Mr Demoyte, the school’s former headmaster. It’s a novel which I read many years ago, but this extract has continued to influence how I look at the sitter, and which inspires my search for character and ‘soul’ – the sitter is thinking, even in repose.


‘In the last light of the evening Rain Carter was painting. The old man’s face was of a withered golden colour, like an old apple, and marked with the repetition of a certain curve. Supremely this curve occurred in his lips, which Rain proposed to paint curling in a slightly sarcastic and amused manner which was highly characteristic of him. It appeared again, more subdued, in his eyebrows, which met bushily above his nose, and in the line made by his eyes and the deep wrinkles which led upwards from their corners. The multitudinous furrows of the forehead presented the same motif, tiny now and endlessly repeated, where the amusement was merged into tolerance and the sarcasm into sadness.’

When the portrait is finished the art master comes in to view it. Rain Carter stands by, nervously awaiting his comments. ‘Ah yes,’ he says, ‘a fine portrait, a fine head. But do you not know that behind there is a brain?’

Recent commissions include: Dom Paul Stonham, Abbot of Belmont; Dean Michael Tavinor and the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, both of Hereford; 3 portraits of Pro-Vice Chancellors for Worcester University; Elizabeth Hunter, High Sheriff of Hereford and Worcester; Claudia Bobadilla, Vice President of the University of Development, Chile, and wife of the Chilean Ambassador to the Court of St James. All these are oil on canvas.

COMMISSIONS WELCOME

ART CLASSES: multi-media painting and drawing
10 mornings per term / 3 terms p.a / VENUE: The Green Dragon in Hereford. Details via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

David Green, Principal Worcester University  Oil On Canvas

David Green, Principal Worcester University Oil On Canvas

Elizabeth Hunter, High Sheriff Hereford Worcester

Elizabeth Hunter, High Sheriff Hereford Worcester

Eric Lomax   The Railway Man   Pastel

Eric Lomax The Railway Man Pastel

Faces Of The Land 1 to 4   Oil On Pine

Faces Of The Land 1 to 4 Oil On Pine

Faces Of The Land 5 to 8   Oil On Pine

Faces Of The Land 5 to 8 Oil On Pine

Herb Thompson, Bishop Southern Ohio

Herb Thompson, Bishop Southern Ohio

Herb Thompson, Bishop Southern Ohio

Herb Thompson, Bishop Southern Ohio

Holocaust Museum Guide   Oil On Canvas

Holocaust Museum Guide Oil On Canvas

Julian Pallett, FACE

Julian Pallett, FACE

Julian Pallett, Worcester Pro Vice Chancellor 2014

Julian Pallett, Worcester Pro Vice Chancellor 2014

Kabbalist Artist   Oil On Pine

Kabbalist Artist Oil On Pine

Maggie Edwards,  Rugby Junior School   Oil On Canvas

Maggie Edwards, Rugby Junior School Oil On Canvas

Maria Cronemeyer   Oil Oin Canvas

Maria Cronemeyer Oil Oin Canvas

Michael Tavinor, Dean Of Hereford   Oil On Canvas

Michael Tavinor, Dean Of Hereford Oil On Canvas

Michael Tavinor, Dean Of Hereford   Oil On Canvas

Michael Tavinor, Dean Of Hereford Oil On Canvas

Palestinian Child Psychiatrist   Oil On Pine

Palestinian Child Psychiatrist Oil On Pine

Quentin Edwards,  Rugby Senior School   Oil On Canvas

Quentin Edwards, Rugby Senior School Oil On Canvas

RS THOMAS

RS THOMAS

RS Thomas 'The Empty Church'   Poem   Oil On Canvas

RS Thomas 'The Empty Church' Poem Oil On Canvas

Ray Jones   Oil On Canvas

Ray Jones Oil On Canvas

Russ Thompson   Oil On Canvas

Russ Thompson Oil On Canvas

Claudia Bobadilla

Claudia Bobadilla

CLAUDIA 2   FACE

CLAUDIA 2 FACE

CLAUDIA 1   FULL CANVAS

CLAUDIA 1 FULL CANVAS

CLAUDIA IN FOCUS

CLAUDIA IN FOCUS

Elisabeth Cross at 100 years old.

Elisabeth Cross at 100 years old.

Elisabeth Cross at 100 years old.(detail)

Elisabeth Cross at 100 years old.(detail)

Joshua Bell playing the Kol Nidre

Joshua Bell playing the Kol Nidre