A new challenge I set myself, this year, was to have a go at portraiture - practicing on family and...as you see...myself. Looks like I just stepped through a brand new painting-portal because I find I absolutely LOVE working on human (and animal!) subjects and am now open for commission work.
My approach to portraiture, a painstaking and deliciously challenging genre, is to seek to convey the light shining out of the subject; not just through the eyes (though these are a detail I love to portray) but the gleam and
softness of flesh, texture of hair and that particular radiance that comes
from the personality and deep within. I also enjoy working with symbols and, in these two examples, the background tells as much of a narrative about the subject as they do; my self-portrait is literally packed with symbols that say something personal about me - playful stuff. Am very happy to discuss this kind of work with anyone interested in getting a piece commissioned for posterity.
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