I have a fascination and deep respect for street portrait artists who capture the look of a complete strangers
in minutes. Even when making charactures they seem to emphasize the key features and retain the person's character.
It was this experience and spending many lunchtimes in the National Portrait Gallery
in London that motivated me to draw and paint portraits. My first experience of portraits was when I was in primary
school and could draw a mean Fred Flintstone. I have dabbled with other cartoon characters and close family for many
years but only at the beginning of 2009 did I spend more time practicing and found that a good way to allienate family
and friends is to draw their portrait.
The gallery below has a wide selection of my attempts todate. I particularly like the style of Michael Frith's watercolour portraits - some of which ( the celebrities) I re-painted in the selection below.