SKY PORTRAIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2017/18 SERIES
I was thrilled to be selected for this event for a 2nd time. It was inspiring meeting the other artists + the judges and presenters gave me a warm welcome. David Tennant was an excellent sitter, appearing very handsome and slightly ‘sulky’ (as he described it). From fairly early on, I approached the painting with a pure gut response, focusing on his mood...savouring the experience of working from life. I drew a structure directly on to the canvas with paint, in case I made any marks worth keeping for later. I could have done with more time, however, the final painting was a lively and honest rendition. To be short-listed to the final 3, was a happy surprise.