A month ago today I put out a request on Facebook and Instagram for NHS workers to come forward for a free portrait.
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.
In Diplomat Magazine, May 2018
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
It’s that time of year again. Start asking yourself some questions.
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?
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)
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