A range of portraits past and present

Portraits are my favourite thing. My prospective subjects should look at my work online first, so that they know what's coming! Though I am guided by photographs, often using several at once, I don't set out to replicate them. It is best if I can take my own photos and sometimes I will make additional sketches. It is useful to know something about my sitters if possible, so that I bring more into the painting than just appearances, looking for mood and emotional strengths and sometimes context and narrative. Trusting my instincts and being fiercely opposed to muddy brown, 'above the sideboard' portraits, I do my best to make the portraits sing!