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I'm a professional award winning Portrait artist from NSW Australia.

Not just a likeness- portraits with Life!
I bring your photos to life in paintings that will touch your heart!

A photo freezes a moment while a painting melts hearts.

Capture a moment in their life and
keep it alive in an Heirloom Portrait !

"Your portraits capture more life than a photo ever could!"

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Studio open day 10 -3pm tomorrow Sunday 30th June

My studio will be open to the public tomorrow between 10 - 3pm. Come along and say hello, watch me work, talk about portraits or view my original artworks.
Many paintings including unshown artworks and unframed works for sale direct from the artist.

Early morning roos around the house

These first 3 photos are all taken from inside the bathroom looking out...or more like they are looking in..lol's

Above and below - From the bedroom. The funny marks on it's body are just reflections from the glass.

It's a nice way to wake up to see them so close..They don't often get on the garden and luckily they usually don't eat anything other than grass..

Cute as! They don't often explore this close. The wood in the foreground are the verandah boards.

With mum..

He's a winner to me! My 2013 Inglis Equine Art prize entry

I didn't have time to create an entry for this years Inglis International Equine art show so I entered my self portrait with Zeuss.
 The theme is 'Anything Thoroughbred'. Zeuss is a thoroughbred breed although he was never raced. Even though he never won a race I love him to bits so my title is 
' He's a winner to me!'

 I'm actually quite happy with the portrait ( it looks even better in the flesh) and I'm growing very attached to it. 
I'm entering the Singleton Art prize portrait section and I will be entering this painting and ' Brewing a joke'

All paintings in the artshow have to be for sale .It's unlikely anyone would want the portrait of Zeuss & I but I may have to put a high price on it just in case!
I don't like to do that as I usually put the price that a portrait would be if it was commissioned as then if someone likes that portrait but wants one of them they know what to expect.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Some June sunsets

We've had some lovely ones lately. 

 We don't often get the cliffs lit with this crimson light so we took plenty of photos..They don't do it justice though..

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The creation of Sally - my demo painting at the Hunter Arts Bazaar days

I started Sally back at the Autumn Arts Bazaar and didn't get a chance to do anymore until last Sunday at the Winter Bazaar.
This is the stage I got her to at the Autumn Bazaar.I had done a blue underpainting and decided I better finish off a bit so people would know she wasn't going to stay blue! lol's Her eyes ,mouth and nose are roughly done. She is a fairly large Oil portrait - 40 x 50cms image size.

 Here is where I started yesterday. As she is just a sample portrait and I can do whatever I want I wanted to go as colourful and bold as I could. Here I've started to put some extra colour through the blues which will be the base for the white later.
I was very busy on Sunday so I was interrupted talking to people a lot which was good as I didn't get time to start worrying about what I was doing..lol's

You can see my palette with the paints in the foreground. I had to keep reminding myself to stay bold and not get bogged down with detail etc . Still building up the layers..

I've started to add more white fur. She is an unusual Border collie as she has a mainly white face except for a bit more black at the back on the RHS.

This is where I got to on the day. The sun had moved around and was shining in my face and I was getting tired so decided to quit while I was happy with her.
I'm really happy with the result so far . 
I still need to come back and detail her nose , mouth and eyes a bit more and decide on a colour for the background. I don't want to lose the impact she has  from the viewing distance.

 My portraits are designed to look great when you view them on the wall. They usually look good closeup too but when they are in your home you want them to look good from the usual distance you are going to see them as you sit or walk by. She is going to be a stunner when she is framed! 

 An onlooker quipped -' You should say 'I bring out your inner dog' "- I thought what a great quote as that's exactly what I do!
 A photo just shows the outside and all the clutter whereas my portraits show you the pet you know and love.

Thanks to the person that took the photos for me!