Here are some progress pictures of 'Adoption' (100cm x 150cm paint on canvas). I don't usually change colours whilst painting but the blue wasn't quite working for me. The painting is a celebration of adoption (physical and spiritual) and I think the warm, ethereal yellow was the right choice in the end.
You can view a higher resolution of the final painting here
and the same painting plus other artwork on my website
Three of my pieces are on display at the Conference Centre Gallery, St Pancras, London until 19th October. This is the second part of the Art of Caring exhibition. Here are the selected pieces that are on display, all of which are connected with the theme of caring - love the concept of this exhibition.
Thrilled to find out two of my paintings have been selected by the CARISCC competition for a touring exhibition which will be in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds. Here are the two selected portraits: 'Koko' and 'Lineage'.
Today is the last day of The Art of Caring exhibition which has been on display at St George's, Tooting, London. Here are my pieces that have been exhibited there, all are connected with the theme of caring. Great concept for an exhibition and big thanks to the organisers. #theartofcaring#adoption#gift#art#painting#portraits
is my new painting: ‘Mothers’, a self portrait (60 cm x 76 cm paint on canvas with photographs).
I love the genre of self portraiture and the freedom of expression it brings. I painted the self
portrait ‘Mothers’ because I wanted to explore the concept of heritage (physical,
cultural, emotional, spiritual) and womanhood.
I have Native American heritage and am connected to Kenyan culture hence
the hair style, choker style necklace and wrapped material. The necklace
depicts my female family tree, showing the eyes of my mother, mother-in-law,
grandmothers, great grandmothers…etc. I
focused on the females in my family tree because of the emphasis on womanhood and
the influence mothers have. The pose is unusual; I chose to look at the viewer
as if I were looking down to give the impression of strength and power. I wanted to convey that my heritage and the women/mothers
that are part of that heritage, empower me.
It has been great being a part of the HUGE Small Faces Exhibition which is made up of LOADS of postcard portraits displayed in the Solent Showcase Gallery in Southampton. There were nearly 600 people at the private view and they expect many, many more to visit the exhibition which is up until 21st April. It is great seeing so many different mini portraits side by side, especially if you love portraiture like me! You can take the impressive 360 virtual tour if you wish (you should be able to spot my 'Red Queen' straight away): https://www.solent.ac.uk/360/showcase/s
I have nearly finished a portrait of an identical twin, I am painting her twin sister soon. Painting identical twins is fascinating as the differences in facial features are so minute. As a portrait painter you have to be spot on with accuracy but the precision is so important when painting identical twins, I have to confess that at one point in the early stages the portrait looked more like the other twin! All the facial features are honed and correct now (the portrait definitely looks like the correct person), I just need to finish off the clothing. Here are some progress pictures, I'll post more photos once completed.
I created some 'small' portraits for an exhibition in spring. I have been really enjoying experimenting with watercolour and combining pencil, ink and paint so I decided to use these to create my postcard portraits. I am experimenting with the concept of absence in some of my work (especially pencil work). As hair is often an identifying feature I have been exploring leaving it blank; I like the aesthetic, that it is a bit unusual and also draws more attention to the face.