Galleries — Portraits
“The eyes are the window to the soul.” Whether you agree or disagree, they are certainly the starting point for almost every portrait I draw. That's sometimes difficult with drawings of cars or houses but accurately capturing the beauty and soul of whatever I draw is my passion.
Inspired by the stark simplicity of the Beatles’ first album cover, my portrait career began at age 14, adorning classmates’ clipboards with their ‘fave Fab Four.’
Commissioned portraits of dogs, cats, cars, houses, boats, moms, dads, girlfriends, kids, dancers and even Egyptian artefacts bound for Christie’s Auctions followed for the next few decades.
When the muse calls, my pencils, pens, pastels and watercolours are my instruments of choice to respond. These galleries have some favourites of mine from over the years.
Pen and Ink
Pen and ink is not often used in portrait work. I hope that the warmth, vitality and realism that I’m able to bring to my pen and ink drawings make my work a welcome exception. Although it can be a very tedious and absolutely unforgiving medium, the results are unlike any other form of artistic rendering.
Pencil and Pastel
I love the softness and ease that pencil or pastel drawings present. Like a photo that is neither black and white nor colour, this style of drawing can be done in a wide variety of shades and hues to create a portrait truly unique.