I'm a West London-based figurative artist, specialising in portraits and am available for commission.
I also tutor for Sketchout which provides dynamic drawing classes in world renowned settings, such as the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Britain.
Although always an artist at heart, until 2010 I made my living as a print journalist then broadcast news pr at BBC News, BBC World Service and Sky News and am currently working on a series of paintings of some of best known names in UK broadcast news.
This site showcases my art but also explains how my past careers influence it. To my mind both are linked, as figurative art is about truth: my perception of reality and my response to life. And truth is at the heart of journalism, which I promoted as a news pr at the BBC and Sky News.
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Winner of the judges' prize at Egypt's first biennale (2013), I studied for five years at Heatherley's School of Fine Art in Chelsea, whose famous alumni include many of the pre-Raphaelites and Walter Sickert and whose tutors include members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
On the school’s Post Diploma in Portraiture and Portraiture Diploma courses I studied anatomy and, although focused on life drawing and oil painting from the model, I also studied sculpture and printmaking. To find out more about the diploma, through interviews with my tutors, fellow students and myself, click here.
And how to buy an artwork.
A fair amount of my working life has been spent looking after the public image of news journalists, such as the BBC's Kate Adie, George Alagiah and John Humphrys and Sky News' Adam Boulton, Robert Nisbet, Jeremy Thompson and Julie Etchingham, who now presents ITV News at 10. As a portrait artist I am now portraying them - and other broadcast news journalists in a more personal way.
As their time for sittings is limited, I have an hour with them to paint a colour study, as photography is bad at describing colour and space, and take reference shots.
On painting John Humphrys' study in Today:
Humphrys said of the experience: ‘It’s rather odd having someone do your portrait while you’re working. They say the camera never lies..sadly, neither does the artist. I rather hoped she might iron out the wrinkles!’"
On painting Political Editor Adam Boulton in his Westminster home:
Boulton said, "Because we are looking out from ourselves most of us don't know what we really look like let alone what impression we make - a portrait is the best way to find out and Stella has an artist's eye and professional insight when it comes to people from the media world like me."
On painting Julie Etchingham in her home study where she prepped for the Royal Wedding:
Echingham said of the experience: "Being scrutinized by an artist’s eye is a world away from sitting in front of a news camera – a far more personal and exposed experience – but the fact I know how gentle and endearing Stella is made it an altogether easier time than I’d imagined."