Portrait of a Redheaded Flapper – sold

portrait painting of beautiful redhead woman flapper girl

Oil on canvas, 10″x8″

This is a portrait of a lovely redhead flapper girl. She manages the rare feat of being sweet and sultry at the same time. From her finger waved hair and Cupid’s Bow lips to her pretty ruffled blouse, she looks elegantly vintage and ready for high tea. As I painted her she seemed so charming and fresh that I used a spring green background to complement her peachy tones.

I’ve enjoyed painting these portraits of flappers inspired by old black and white photos of silent film stars, The source material is usually somewhat vague and lacking in detail which is normally not ideal for portrait painting but that helps me to be more creative in my interpretation. The images give me a starting point to convey distinct moods and emotions and the feeling of the era.

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Persephone – sold

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Oil on canvas, 12″x9″

I was thinking of Persephone, the goddess of spring when I painted this. Winter is only just beginning here, the trees are bare but I’m already dreaming of fresh unfurling leaves and tender budding flowers. There’s something both old-fashioned and modern about this portrait, hints of flower-crowned festival girls, June brides and Pre-Raphaelite beauties.