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Fine Art Portraits

Sir Kev : Oil on aluminium

Oil : Pastel : Pencil 

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My eye : pencil & chalk

About

Specialising in portraits and pets and people, I create highly detailed works of art in oils, pastels and pencil; capturing life in minute detail.

I have over 30 years' experience as a portrait artist, starting off by drawing my children, Polly and Daisy and my dogs, Maggie, Kevin and Pig.

Today I take commissions from people all over the UK through the Tilly & Blue website and am pleased to have won a number of awards.

Celebrate your life and loved ones with a unique commissioned portrait.

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How to commission a portrait

I work with the team at Tilly & Blue who specialise in commissioning all of my portraits, pets as well as people. They have lots of information on their website about how to get started, I've added a link below so you can get in touch. Once I've completed your painting they will send it back to you beautifully framed and packaged, making a portrait a wonderful gift! 

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portrait styles

Image by Elena Theodoridou
Oils

Oil paintings as keepsakes

Why commission an oil painting?

An oil painting becomes and instant heirloom and adds gravitas to a portrait. As we know, an oil painting can last for hundreds of years.

When I paint in oils I work the piece up in layers from dark to light, this adds depth to hair and fur. Oil paintings can take month to dry completely so care is needed for about 6 months so as not to damage your portrait.​

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Pastels

Why I love painting with pastels

Reasons to choose a pastel painting

Pastels are lovely to work with and can be layered in a similar way to oil paints to give a great depth to the work.

 

Special care is needed as pastels are very fragile and need to be framed as soon as they are completed but make a beautiful portrait for a fraction of the cost of a traditional oil painting.

Image by Lucas George Wendt
Pencils

The beauty of pencil portraits

Commission a pencil portrait

 

Pencil drawings make a lovely, understated portrait. Still full of depth and life but in a simple monochrome format.

 

I particularly like pencil and white chalk, to bring out the highlights, on a grey paper or board, this gives a nice 3D effect to the portrait.

 

A very classic portrait style.​​

TESTIMONIALS & AWARDS

“I WAS THRILLED WITH THE PAINTING OF MY DOGS, MILLIE & ROSIE, IT EXCEEDED MY EXPECTATIONS"

“SARAH REALLY UNDERSTOOD WHAT I WANTED AND I FELT REASSURED THAT I WOULD LOVE THE PAINTING...AND I DID! "

“YOU ARE SO TALENTED, I LOVE MY PORTRAIT"

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  • Semi Finalist Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year
  • Winner Sock Gallery Open Art 2019
  • Runner Up, Sock Gallery Open Art 2018
  • People's Choice Award, Stafford Gatehouse 2013 & 2014
  • People's Choice Award, Weston Park Open Exhibition 2014
 

To commission a painting please contact Tilly & Blue, but if you would have any other questions please fill in this form

Get in touch

Thanks for your question!