Artist of the Week challenge compilation

As lockdown measures in the UK are being lifted, I thought I’d take a look back at the paintings I did for the Artist of the Week Challenge organised by Sky TV on their Facebook channel. Every Sunday during nine weeks the Artist of the Year programme invited a guest sitter to pose for fourContinue reading “Artist of the Week challenge compilation”

Second week of Sky TV’s Portrait Artist of the Week challenge

Last Sunday, Sky TV’s second week’s guest sitter for the new Portrait Artist of the Week challenge organised by  Artist of the Year  was author and writer Bernardine Evaristo, whose novel Girl, Woman, Other won the Booker Prize 2019. I couldn’t resist painting Bernardine’s huge smile – that’s probably my first portrait ever showing teeth, as I was always worried thatContinue reading “Second week of Sky TV’s Portrait Artist of the Week challenge”


2019, Oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm Painted from life, this portrait is of a woman in a sensuous dark velevet dress who is waiting, lost in her thoughts. Her distant gaze alludes to a sense of wait, expectation and resignation. She is partly dreamy, partly sad, longing for something or someone who mayContinue reading “Waiting”

Three studies of Woman with a Braid (Portrait Triptych)

2019, Oil on canvas, 25 x 30 cm Woman with a braid’s head study triptych painted with a limited palette of Earth colours: English light red, yellow ochre, ultramarine and titanium white.