Although always an artist at heart, until 2010 I made my living as a print journalist then broadcast news pr at BBC News, 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 - and explains how my past careers influence it. Both are linked, as figurative art is about curiosity and truth: my perception of reality and my response to life - and storytelling. All of these lie at the heart of journalism, which I promoted as a BBC & Sky News PR.
To commission a portrait and/or give one as a gift, visit commission a portrait.
To buy ready made art visit buy art.
To book drawing classes for a private group of friends or colleagues in the inspiring surrounds of the V&A, visit drawing tutor.
My career in art
Winner of the judges' prize at Egypt's first biennale (2013), I studied for five years at The Heatherley 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.
Where you can currently find my work
Papillon Cafe, 147 Northfield Avenue W13 9QT (closest tube Northfields)until end March 2015
Motherhood - a collection of paintings, pastels & prints by the Lots Road Group of Artists, of which I'm a founding member is available price £16.69+p&p from Blurb.
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.
What they thought of the experience:
John Humphrys: "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."
Adam Boulton: "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."
Julie Etchingham: Being scruitinized 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."