2021 has been a year of dramatic change for me. We have spent another year under Covid restrictions, but I have taken the opportunity to push my boundaries and learn to heal using Reiki – the two themes are very connected. For more about my healing journey read here. In terms of boundaries – for… Continue reading Covid, Emergencies and Healing- Reflecting on 2021
Dale Vince, OBE
If you haven’t heard of Dale Vince, below is a very brief summary, which, if you know me at all, may well explain why he is the perfect subject choice for me.
The humble NHS portrait
A month ago today I put out a request on Facebook and Instagram for NHS workers to come forward for a free portrait.
Using creativity to heal – a portrait for a lost friend – Billy Abernethy-Hope
As an artist, it’s hard not to feel like you are being self-indulgent. But creativity is not just a frivolous pursuit – carried out with love and sensitivity, it really can make a difference to people’s lives, and even in tragic circumstances help people be remembered for the shining lights they were.
Heads – Portraits by Caroline Jaine
In Diplomat Magazine, May 2018
The diary of an artist: Israel 1991
I’ve been looking through old sketchbooks and notebooks lately. I’m sad that I don’t really keep an active sketchbook these days, but I’m very pleased that I did in the past – especially as a young woman. Here a self portrait made in Israel aged about 21, having recently lost my first husband. To say… Continue reading The diary of an artist: Israel 1991
Seasonal Greetings from John & Yoko
It’s that time of year again. Start asking yourself some questions.
Why paint a portrait?
The fast changing landscape of surveillance and the globalisation of digital imagery calls for the counterpoint of intense, ‘local’ imagery contained within a painting. The possibilities of allegory and complex meaning are distinct: the symbolic realm can come to the fore. The conveying of character in a painted portrait is specific and dynamic. There is… Continue reading Why paint a portrait?
Portrait Celebrating 50 years Together
In 2015 Jon and Sue celebrate 50 years together – this portrait was made for them, and I hope it shows the magical connection between them that still exists. Medium: oil on reclaimed wood (from a fly-tipped broken cupboard found in Spain)
Selfish Self Portrait of an Activist
A few years ago, feeling very self conscious about self portraits, I started a project called The Selfish Portrait – where I asked my portrait subjects to make an image of me. I was inspired by the Oscar Wilde quote: “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the… Continue reading Selfish Self Portrait of an Activist