Not being able to go to my studio on a regular basis due to the Pandemic I started making portraits at home of people I either knew or appreciated if not admired. Mainly ‘hero’s’, family or friends.
I’m a great fan of Paula Rego and have tried to use her technique of using hard and soft pastels separated by a spray of fixer. It’s a good technique for building up tonal changes and blending without rubbing two areas of colour together which can often kill an image.
Dietrich, great German actress, 2020, pastel, 50 x 76cm
Dietrich triptych, 2020, pastel, each 50 x 76cm
Germaine Greer, author and academic. 2020, pastel, 50 x 76cm
Vanis Varoufakis, Greek Finance Minister and motorcycle rider, 2020, pastel, 50 x 76cm
Maria, daughter, waiting for a bus, 2019, Vietnam. 2020, pastel, 50 x 76cm
Jinnah Mumtaz, best friend, 1947-1967 RIP, 2020, pastel 50 x 76cm
Joshua Wong, Hong Kong activist, 2020, pastel, 50 x 76cm
Marc Carney, Rock and Roll Bank of England CEO, 2021, pastel, 50 x 76cm
Suvannavira, the Russian refuge, 2021,pastel, 50 x 76cm
Rembrandt van Rijn, a homage, 2021, pastel, 50 x 76cm
Paula Rego, Queen of the pastel portrait, 2021, pastel 50 x 76cm
‘Mr Natural’ (Robert Crumb), 2021, Pen and Pastel, 50 c 76cm