Fine art portraits

A tale of two images - or how much can change in 6 months

A tale of two images - or how much can change in 6 months

I took this portrait one year to the day after registering my business - on October 31, 2017 - and I wanted to capture the feeling of being overwhelmed by everything that was going on around me: a response not just to the social and political changes in the UK and the US - two countries I care about deeply - but also the stage of the personal journey I was on at the time…

Fine Art at Stella's Art Gallery

I'm thrilled to share that you'll now be able to buy some of my fine-art photography at Stella's Art Gallery, in the Matchwork's building, just off 615 in Mentor.

I've created a special collection to celebrate - a series of Floral Portraits, capturing the essential beauty of some of my favorite flowers.  These are mixed-media photographic composites containing both hand-painted and photographic elements and printed on a gorgeously textured fine-art paper.

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6 questions to answer when choosing a frame

My tax accountant and I got chatting about frames on one of her trips into the studio last year (not that I wanted to talk about anything but taxes, of course! Ahem, anyway..) She told me a tale of her encounter with another client of hers - a framer. They'd been talking and she mentioned looking for a frame that matched the other frames in her dining room for her son's senior portrait. The framer, she said, looked at her aghast! "You frame for the picture," he said "not the room!"

He's right. So many of us get confused about how to choose a frame and end up with one that doesn't work for the portrait we put in it because we don't look at what really matters - the portrait.  So, here's a basic guide of the things I consider when I'm choosing a frame:

Having some fun with digital painting

Having some fun with digital painting

I love the look of painted portraits, but oils are not my gig (I can't stand the smell of them, even though they take me back to my childhood kitchen where my father would season his cricket bats with linseed oil)....

A little self-love

"Wow, that woman really loves herself!"

I was having coffee with a marketing consultant last week and talking about my website. We had stopped on the homepage and right up there at the top I show a picture of a beautiful, white living room with light pouring through the windows and a collage of three images of one of my clients hanging above the sofa. When I explained the subject was a senior, my coffee companion nodded. "That makes more sense" she said.