My love of Portraits

30th May 2017 0 Comments

It has always been my ambition or perhaps more a dream to create a portrait painting that I am proud of. My very first painting was a portrait (a blog in itself) and it was awful!! At the age of 16 I thought I had done quite well, but in hindsight…….see for yourself.


My journey of portrait painting was a tough one and I often lacked the confidence, especially as one of my close University friends is a truly amazing portrait artist and I have almost been too embarrassed to even try. I spent my postgraduate years dabbling in painting eyes and avoiding mouthes. My eye obsession triggered a series of large portraits of veiled women.

A little secret dream I have been harbouring for many years, is that I wanted to paint a portrait and try and enter the BP portrait awards at the national portrait gallery. This year I finally decided to go for it. Various life events and perhaps just growing up made me realise I have nothing to loose by entering. So I chose my daughter (naturally) as my subject for this piece and started practising.

Two days before the deadline and finally after 18 years of thinking about entering, I submitted my final piece to the competition.

I have included a little work in progress in this post.

Needless to say I did not get through to the second round, but I am so happy I did it and will keep trying.



17th May 2017

Jessica Fitz-Howard