I studied full time at Heatherley's School of Fine Art for a Diploma in Portraiture. I won the Portraiture Prize in our final end of year show. Portraits for me are the most engaging and difficult area of art. I like to work directly from life but it is difficult to ask people to sit for a long time or over a long period. So usually I will use photographs to back up the information that a sitting has given. I take commissions. I also know that painting is a very personal thing and if I or if a subject doesn't like a painting I would never expect them to take it or pay for it.