https://www.manutd.com/en/players-and-staff/detail/george-best Arguably the greatest player in British football history. Belfast-born Best was already a Manchester United and Northern Ireland star aged 17. Dubbed ‘El Beatle’ by Portuguese press reporters in 1966 after United beat Benfica 5-1 in Lisbon, Best’s fashion sense and Beatle haircut saw him emerge as the first ‘pop-star’ footballer. The leading scorer…

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I painted John’s portrait because I watched him play way back in the 70’s for MFC. Only two players have made more appearances for the club and three have scored more goals than Boro legend John Hickton. also got tho know him well as he played football with the best group of footballers from the…

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Johannes Vermeer It depicts an imaginary young woman in exotic dress and a very large pearl earring. The work permanently resides in the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague. Girl with a Pearl Earring, oil on canvas by Johannes Vermeer, c. 1665; in the Mauritshuis, The Hague. I have been learning from the old masters and…

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Photographer Ian Morrish commissioned a painting of his wife Jane. It was a fabulous piece. I have worked on nudes, life drawings and paintings however this was a first for me in terms of a full blown commission. I used a combination of media. I sketched the image first and then used acrylic to get…

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Whilst trying to social distance I broke my wrist. A serious bone fracture. Not good news for a portrait painter. 5 weeks in a plaster castor for my sins. Next week the cast comes off. I can’t wait a moment longer to get back to being creative and painting. I have three portrait commissions ready…

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Jack Vettriano the People’s PainterThe ArtistI came across a small gallery in Saratoga Upstate New York June 2019 whilst on holiday. I saw painting in a window of the gallery which I found it attractive to look at and somewhat wistful. So back in my studio in the North of England I painted my version…

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The backstory to commissioning a portrait is the key to how, what, why and who your subject is. I met Elizabeth wen she visited a gallery I was the resident artist in a couple of summers ago. Elizabeth was still a striking looking woman at 72 years old when I met her. She asked me…

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