People often ask if I can create a painting from their photos and the answer is yes I can. Photos can be emailed to me or sent by post, or you can share them with me via facebook or another photo sharing site. Each portrait begins with a discussion of what you are looking for in the final painting. You might have a specific painting in mind or you might not have a clear idea yet of what you'd like. Either is fine.
I'll look at your photos and we'll discuss what you have in mind. Then I'll do some quick sketches from those so that we can discuss ideas for the portrait in more detail. Your feedback is a big part of the process. If you didn't have any specific ideas for your painting then hopefully the sketches I send you will help you decide how you'd like the painting to look. If you had a specific pose in mind then the sketches I do will reflect your original ideas. Once you've seen the sketches you can decide if you want to go ahead and what type of painting you'd like.
Which style suits you? Paintings in the classic style are more detailed, traditional paintings in oils or acrylics. They take time to paint, two or three months or longer. The contemporary paintings are more abstract and playful, a looser style of painting, less concerned with realism than with colour and shape and a lively personality. They take two or three weeks. Wet and wild watercolours are colourful, abstract and playful. With less detail and more splash they are faster to do and can take approx a week.
The Contemporary Painting is a loose and playful style of painting. It's colourful and lively. Painted in loose, juicy oils or mixed media using a variety of media including acrylics, inks, paint pens, and pastels and a range of techniques from light washes to thick impasto passages. It depends on the composition of the painting and what feels right while I'm painting. Painted on canvas, board or panel, or even aluminium panel for something very modern. Time scales vary with the amount of work involved but approx two or three week. Find out a bit more about painting surfaces here.
Do email me if you’d like to talk about a contemporary painting.
An 8x8 Painting is £100
A 10x8 Painting is £135
A 12x9 Painting is £175
A 12x12 Painting is £230
A 16x12 Painting is £315
A 16x16 Painting is £435
A 20x16 Painting is £545
Here are some examples of paintings in the contemporary style....
Wet and Wild watercolour paintings are colourful, abstract and playful, the lighter version of the contemporary painting. With less detail and more splash they are faster to do and can take approx a week. Painted on watercolour paper using watercolour, inks and paint pens in a free flowing watercolour style, plenty of runs and drips and splashes. They are really water media paintings I guess. The size of the paper varies a little depending on the make, but we can decide between us what size will suit you before I start. I like textured paper that adds interest to the surface of the painting. It takes about a week to complete.
Do email me if you’d like to talk about a watercolour painting.
Small Water Media Painting on Paper £95
A painting on 10x8 or 12x9 inch watercolour paper.
Medium Water Media Painting on Paper £150
A painting on 16x12 inch or 18x12 inch watercolour paper.
Large Water Media Painting on Paper £195
A painting on 20x16 inch or 22x14 inch watercolour paper.
Here are some examples of paintings in the water media style....
Paintings in the classic style are detailed, traditional paintings in oils or acrylics. A classic painting can take a while to paint and oils take a lot longer than acrylics. I like to paint in layers and as oil paint takes longer to dry than acrylic paint, so an oil painting takes longer to complete, about 8-12 weeks is usual but with more complex pieces it can be several months. Acrylics dry a lot faster so a painting can be completed in approx 4 -8 weeks. Oils and acrylic paintings can be painted on a panel, stretched canvas or a board. Find out a bit more about painting surfaces here.
Do email me if you’d like to talk about a classic painting.
You can take the painting to your own framer for framing or I can do the framing for you, working with my local framer. And of course you can have paintings that don't need to be framed at all.
Find out about framing options here.
An 8x8 Painting is £150
A 10x8 Painting is £195
A 12x12 Painting is £360
A 16x12 Painting is £480
A 16x16 Painting is £665
A 20x16 Painting is £835
Here are some examples of paintings in the classic style...
Resin pieces are created on wood panels and boards. Each piece is handmade and unique. Instead of paint I use pigments, gold leaf and resins. The resin reacts as it cures, changing and moving on the surface. The result is quite unpredictable but makes each piece completely unique. Once fully dry the finish is rather like enamel. The process is complex and it can take several weeks to complete depending on the size.
I can use a favourite pet or animal as the inspiration for the piece, although with such an unpredictable process a likeness can't be guaranteed. Sometimes I work directly on the panel and sometimes I cut out shapes and work on those so they sit above the panel and add shadows to the piece.
Do email me if you’d like to talk about a resin piece.
Prices depend on how much of the panel is resin work.
As a guide smaller pieces from 8x6 inches up to 10x8 inches are between £125 and £295.
Larger pieces start at £395.
I can make unique pieces of jewellery, brooches, necklaces, earrings, and hat pins. Email me if you’d like something special and I’ll see if I can make it for you. If you have an idea for something different I'm always up for a challenge. Fittings are sterling silver but can be made in gold or rose gold.
Take a look at the wearable art gallery for some of the pieces I’ve made.