Here are some samples of my works in graphite, charcoal, pastels, watercolours, acrylics, and oils.

Graphite

This is an A3 drawing on white 150 gsm artists paper. The subject is a Russian sculptor, he is a very kind and talented sculptor who was once a champion martial arts boxer. We met on the Black Sea  beach at Koktabel, Crimea where he had an open air exhibition of work in semi-precious stones. I enjoy working with graphite as it enables the freedom of light and shade to draw out the character.

Charcoal

Charcoals can be used to produce atmospheric portaiture. These were done on A3 white drawing paper.

Pastels

Pastels are wonderful to work with, especially on landscapes as its possible to produce moodes and rich landscapes. 

The large landscapes shown here are 120 cm x 90 cm mounted behind glass in heavy gilt frames.   

Watercolours.

This is an example of a watercolour commission on 508 mm x 406 mm 300 gsm Not. The boy's grandfather commisioned the painting to begin rebuilding his portfolio of family pictures following tragically lossing of all his photographs. He gave me a wallet sized dogeared print to work from.

I'm happy to work from photographs as long as there is enough detail. However there are times when a portrait can be constructed from a group of photos when the preferred image lacks detail. 

Family portaits can be created by combining a group of individual images when there is not a single image available. 

I'm happy to discuss the possibilities of creating your dream image - just contact when convenient. 

Acrylics

This is an example of an acrylic portrait on canvas board measuring 14 cm x 19 cm. This size is particularly attractive in an ornate gilded frame as shown here. It is a size suited to the memories of departed loved ones.

Acrylics are very good for large canvases as unlike oils it is possible to complete compicated subjects quickly as there is no need for long drying times. The first below was completed in single outdoor sitting. The subject is a hillside of various daffodils in split fields. The other three are abstract landscapes completed for a commission.

Oil Paintings

The Charging Black Bull is an 90 cm x 60 cm oil on canvas. 

Below are examples of oil painting commissions.

The first was a privately commisioned oil on box canvas 25 cm x 35 cm, the source was an e-mailed digital photo.

The second was also a privately commisioned oil on box canvas 30 cm x 30 cm from a photo taken on a mobile phone.

The third, "Rita's Baltic Surprise" oil on canvas 100cm x 40cm. Privately commisioned, source was mobile phone image transferred via Facebook.