Commissions

If you want me to paint something specially for you, send me an email. There's a contact form at the bottom of this page, beneath all the pictures.

I reckon it's worth thinking about types of picture when you commission a painting. My paintings tend to fall into four categories - I've only just realised this, so I find it really interesting to show you what I mean:

 

Theme paintings

Theme paintings

What I mean is a group of paintings connected by an idea. For example, the idea for the dancers above was that they could be hung upside and still sort of work.

They were once small, quickly-painted sketches of swing-dancers on cardboard. When someone on my newsletter list saw them and told me they wanted to buy them, I developed them into a series of six larger paintings.

The originals hang in Ham Yard, in London, and you can buy prints of them in my shop. Or I can paint you new ones.

 

Views

View of Lapa

View of Lapa

Views

These might be imaginary or real landscapes, or views from a cafe, or anything along these lines. They usually feature animals and people and have lots of interesting small details. An example is the painting above, called View of Lapa, which I painted sitting at the window of a friend's apartment. The view really looks like this, but I added some extra things to look at, like the rooms you can glimpse through the windows. 

 

Portraits

Ru's Adventurer Portrait (This scan came out a bit blurred because some of the paint is very thick, which made the surface uneven)

Ru's Adventurer Portrait (This scan came out a bit blurred because some of the paint is very thick, which made the surface uneven)

Portraits

My one proviso for painting someone's portrait is that they don't expect the painting to look exactly like them!

My portraits are illustrations of a person's character and their life, where things are happening, and not an absolutely faithful representation of how they look. They're also usually full-body paintings, not jus the head and shoulders.

The portrait above is an example of what I mean. The subject is a really charismatic person I am lucky to know (but you'll notice I've scrubbed out his name), who travels the world writing, having adventures, training chefs, and doing other interesting things.  Every detail has some meaning.

 

Animal portraits

Portrait of Bill

Portrait of Bill

Animal portraits

Just as with my portraits of humans, I don't make animal portraits look exactly lifelike, because I can't! I'm not that kind of painter. Instead I try to capture the character and liveliness of the animal. 

Above is a dog called Bill. He really does have eyebrows like that (see?).

 

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