I work in oils (using brushes), pencil and chalk on canvas and prepared paper. I hand grind the powder pigment into cold pressed linseed oil. Hot pressed oil produces lethisin, which impairs the paint drying process. I then put the paint into the tubes knowing it is free from impurities, such as emulsifiers and drying agents. For important portraits or other commission I would always make preparatory drawings and then square these up on to the canvas. Being blessed with two good eyes I find photographs of little use. The camera has one eye and the third dimension is not existent.
1930 Born in London Studied at Byam Shaw School of Drawing and Painting.
1959 Elected a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
1970-94 Honorary Secretary, Vice President and President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters.
1999/2000 David Messum Gallery, London