Sky Portrait Artist 2019
I entered my self-portrait into the competition with persuasion from my art teacher but with little hope, knowing that I would be against people older and more experienced- including professional artists- than myself. To my surprise I was accepted!
I painted my self-portrait when I was 16 years old using oil paints, which were still relatively new to me; I used to hate painting until I found oils around 1 and a half years prior. I wanted to be able to capture my personality, so I opted for a mid-laugh expression. I was inspired by photographer Maud Fernhout and his beautiful photographs of women laughing and men crying. I think expression is such an important thing to capture in order to gain an essence of the subject you're painting. Teeth are historically not tackled within art- with fear of looking aggressive- but I like to challenge myself!
The filming day was an incredible experience; it was great to be surrounded by other artists that have the same passion as I do. I was the youngest in the competition this year, so it was an extremely proud moment for me to even be there! I had the opportunity to paint the beautiful Jodie Comer from real life (wow). 4 hours went by incredibly fast and I have learned a lot from the experience which has fuelled me on to improve and further my passion.
Come back after my programme on April 2nd has aired for the full documented experience.
Programme website: Portrait Artists - Sky Arts Artist of the year