I have always found portraits to be compelling and I am fascinated by them and the people they portray. For me a portrait needs to draw the viewer in and offer them a connection with the sitter, whether it is
presenting us with character or emotion, there needs to be a little glint with which you the viewer can identify with. In my portraits I aim to question what makes this person what they are or what they appear to be.
This then helps produce something more than a bland portrait. How a person appears to everyone is obvious. I try to look more deeply into how they present themselves to the outside world. I look at the expressions
on their faces; is it simply a smile or does it reveal something deeper? Everyone’s smile is different and can show some inner emotion that is rarely seen, kept hidden.
Stride Open Art 2013. Second Prize for Painting