What do I love painting the most? The answer is quite simple: PORTRAITS! My gallery is filled with portraits of African-inspired women and women in general. I feel that women have harder lives than men, certainly in Africa. They work twice as hard as men and their bodies go through so much with pregnancy and birth, carrying children and hard manual labour too. Women are strong and I feel I can identify with them in a way I don’t so much with men. I enjoy carving out a personality in a portrait, layer by layer, and to make it come alive. And yet, although each person has a whole lifetime of stories to tell, in each painting or pastel drawing I am purely capturing a single moment, a snapshot, a look or a the way a shaft of light falls. Diving into the complexities of a face and obsessing over details gives me an immediate emotional connection to the subject I am trying to capture. This is especially important when I work on commissions, which I so enjoy!
I am always available for commissioned work.
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Read about Sabine in this new feature piece from Wantage Town magazine.