I'm Genevieve, I am a portrait painter based in Devon and I specialise in oil portraits. When painting portraits I love to use deep colour, with contrasting light and a striking composition. I have been doing private commissions and self initiated projects since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2016.
Old masters such as Manet, Vermeer and Caravaggio are important influences in my work and I often like to replicate their traditional way of framing and lighting a portrait. I paint my portraits from photographs which are as unposed and natural as possible.
I like to work from images which illustrate a moment in time, an unusual pose, an interesting expression, or the way the light and atmosphere of a setting shapes a person. I am eternally intrigued by individuals around me and I look for a composition which will reflect and enhance the soul of my subject. My fascination for others is revealed in the way I try to capture a brief moment of their life in paint.
Commissioning your portrait
I really enjoy sharing the journey of a commission with a client; getting to know the person, setting up a photoshoot and then painting the portrait and capturing their soul and likeness.
Below is a photo of a happy couple with their double portrait and I absolutely loved painting the energy, happiness and sunshine in their portrait and it is a pleasure to know their oil portrait will give them daily joy.
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