After seeing some wonderful portraits at The National Portrait Gallery, I rather thought that I might try my hand and enlisted the help of friends and colleagues. The demands of my other work has meant that I have had little time to really get in to this, but I have a million ideas about the type of pictures I want to produce.
My first attempt was a picture of a friend, which was a great success as both she an her husband Matt loved it. Some pictures evolve away from your original ideas as indeed this one did. I painted a chilly scene in cool colours with the intention of carrying the colours over to the portrait itself. It just didn’t work with Rachel and on reflection, was never going to; being the warm person she is.
My second portrait was of a work colleague who kindly agreed to model for me. Jordan is a naturally beautiful girl of sunny disposition. Peoples colouring and character often suggest a season and Jordan was always going to be summer. I made the crown of flowers myself, much to the astonishment of my daughters and will probably be drafted into producing them for their weddings one day I’m told.