Month: July 2019

Painting of Albert Einstein

Painting of Albert Einstein

Painting of Albert Einstein

THIS IS A PAINTING of Albert Einstein commissioned by Fasta Pasta restaurant in Muswell Hill, London. The owner came to my exhibition in April and was inspired to suggest I do this 1.2 X 1.2 metre painting to fit his wall. It is the largest painting I have ever completed and provided various challenges and a few wipings-out and re-painting!

I am available to be commissioned to paint any human subject in any setting for any reason whatsoever. So do not hesitate to contact me with your query.

Oil Painting of Saxophonist

Oil Painting of Saxophonist

THIS OIL PAINTING was commissioned by a Facebook friend connected to the music industry. He saw the Roger Waters painting and asked if I could paint a saxophonist in a smokey club.

Loosely based on Clarence Clemons who played in Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, I had challenges, and fun, trying to get the saxophone to look authentic and to make the fingers look like they are doing something.

One of my first actual commissions, this is an example of the sort of people-based commissions I am specialising in. Let me know if you have any questions about commissioning an oil painting from me.

Painting in Progress

AFTER A BIT of a hiatus (caused by a rest needed after a two-month-long commission for a Muswell Hill Restaurant, of which more later), I have returned to my B.B King portrait painting. This started as a pencil sketch, which I was very lucky to actually sell at my last exhibition.

I have started with a blue tonal underlay which I am gradually covering in dabs of primary colours, hoping it all adds up to a convincing skin tone. It was tempting to finish it all off with blue shades to reflect the style of music but playing with colours is far too alluring, especially for someone partially-colour blind like myself!

Have your portrait painted!

PEOPLE AND PORTRAITS seem to be my obsession.  I had a go at painting a house the other week and, to use the journalistic cliché, felt distinctly underwhelmed by the results.

Painting portraits is far better done from life, where you get a true, rounded impression of your subject. I sometimes get experience at the Barnet Guild of Artists sessions on Fridays (see pic). All of my celebrity renderings are from photos and, while great fun, feel a bit like cheating, basically transferring one flat image to another.


In commercial practice, a real life portrait commission would consist of several one hour sessions with the sitter plus loads of photos to work from on the finished piece.
I’m willing to offer this to anyone who fancies their portrait being painted in return for being under no obligation whatsoever to buy the finished piece if they don’t like it. (But if you do – all the better!) I can visit anyone in the London area. Contact me if interested.

Painting of Roger Waters

Oil Painting Portrait of Roger Waters

Painting of Roger Waters of Pink Floyd

THIS PAINTING of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was SOLD at my last exhibition to an avid Pink Floyd fan. It follows an initial quick sketch from a photo:

Roger Waters’ facial structure lends itself particularly to caricature so you can see the difference in the two versions. I am interested in the conjunction of faces and hands in portraits and it is fascinating to study this relationship in musicians. I am currently working on a painting of Blues legend B.B. King, but more on that later!

portrait painting of leonard cohen

Portrait painting of Leonard Cohen

PART OF THE #RIP2016 collection, this is a depiction of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, famous in later years for having composed the much-covered anthem Hallelujah. During this project I was most interested in getting as close to the face as possible without losing the likeness. Of course, with Leonard Cohen’s distinctively intense eyes this should be easy.

Thei painting is oilon canvas, 60 X 60cm and is framed. £750.00 plus any packaging/transport costs.