“Portraiture is one of the few art forms where the artist really needs to reflect not only his tastes and preferences but also those of the client and sitter. To me a portrait is, to some degree a joint effort - I very much take on board my clients wishes and their input.
This makes the whole process very enjoyable for all involved.
I always want my client to be delighted with the finished portrait, and for them to feel they have a portrait that truly reflects not simply their likeness but also their personality and spirit. I have loved the process of every portrait I’ve ever painted, and have always been intrigued and fascinated by each individual sitter.
I set out to show my sitter at their best - this is not the same as flattery, I simply wish to create a portrait they will be happy with. For me the joy of portraiture is creating a painting the sitter will be proud of, and one that will record a special moment in time positively.
Ultimately a portrait is about trust and communication - the sitter needs to trust that the painter will create the right portrait, and the painter needs to listen carefully to the sitter and their aims for the perfect portrait.”