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Caroline Sykes - portraits


Detail from Self Portrait published in
Chelsea Arts Club's Yearbook 1999


Commissioning a portrait
I usually work in oil, acrylic or pencil. I find it essential to establish
some kind of rapport between myself and my subject.
This is often a very enjoyable experience as I find people and their differences and oddities very fascinating!
I really believe a portrait will always benefit from the special closeness and understanding
that can develope between artist and sitter.
I can however work from photographs in order to save busy people
from lengthy sittings...but I must take these myself...masses of them....whilst spending time getting to know the person.
I try to paint close to actual real -life-size as I think this produces the best results.

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Nick Weiss, before, during, and after the Chelsea Arts Club Ball
exhibited in the Mall Galleries - Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2008
The Chelsea Arts Club at Twilight (40 members drinking outside)
oil on canvas 48" x 36"  – also available as a print
Jonathan Halsey Robin Judkins Jazz Matharu

Kate Thirkell

Kate Wilson Mervyn Bourdillon Alastair and Archie
Andre Two Pigeons Asher Robson
Catherine Nick Weiss Julia, Henry, and Guy Wilson 2009
Tommy and Fynn Michael Harding
Anna Reinhaldt Tony Cotello
Anne Drury's Jack Russells Jeremy and Emily Niall and Ingrid and baby

Cosmo Hulton

Rowan Atkinson's children Anna Blower Amelia and Laura Rosa
Self Portrait Mary Deserville Pauline Lady Slade

Choccy and Ba-ba

Mowser Alan st Clair
after Krog's portrait of Munthe
Emily - aged twelve Andrew in a woman's hat
Susie Josef Starringa
Ladybird and Daisy Mortimer