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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Jack Vettriano the People’s Painter

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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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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Donating Sales to NHS Charities

The last three weeks have been strange times. Lockdown and social distancing are new language descriptors for us all too. What has become clear to us all is how precious life is and how important our NHS is to everyone in this country. Illness is no discriminator and we all value our health more than…

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