Portrait of George Best “The Best Ever Footballer”

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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Girl With The Pearl Earring

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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Painting hand all will be working next week

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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Portrait Commission in Progress

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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