How I Work

My style as an equestrian artist and portrait painter is built on anatomical accuracy; then keenly observed nuances and individual details ignite life into my work. I prefer to work from photographs, but I like to meet the people or animals I paint and take a series of photographs myself, on which I base the artwork. Doing this helps me to understand the features in a three-dimensional way, and establishes an impression of the personality, helping me to decide which elements to emphasise in the portrait. If the portrait is to be of a horse or other animal I will visit your home or stables to take photographs, make notes, sketches, and generally gather information. Adults and children usually visit me at my home to be photographed.

Of course there are circumstances when I must work from a client’s own photographs: when distance makes a meeting with the subject difficult, when a portrait is intended as a surprise present for someone, or if it is required posthumously. However, to do this well I need a good, clear, copyright-free image on which to base the pose and composition, together with any additional photographs and relevant information you can supply to help me ‘get to know’ the subject. This allows me to form the portrait in my mind’s eye before I translate it into a painting. I will not accept a commission unless I feel I have enough information to produce a portrait that I and the client will both be happy with.

Most of my portraits have little or no background detail, although I usually add some shading, or a colour-wash to complement the subject. If a particular background is required I would be happy to do that, but as the portrait will take longer to complete it will increase the cost accordingly.

When I accept a portrait commission I always guarantee to capture the likeness.

Please contact me if you would like to see some of my original work, and do check the Events section of this website to find out if I have work in an exhibition you could visit. I am always delighted to talk to interested individuals, and to discuss your own ideas for a commissioned picture.