Hobbycraft and Winsor and Newton Competition

A while ago I posted about a competition on my social media, in collaboration with Hobbycraft and Winsor and Newton, where you could enter a photo of someone that you believe deserves to have their portrait painted, their differences celebrated and their uniqueness captured.

So many amazing people entered the competition and I am so grateful to every single person. It was very emotional reading all of the lovely things that you wrote about your loved ones and during a time where being close to those we love isn’t always possible, it felt very important to celebrate each other and those we are inspired by.

We selected the winner of the competition, a mother of 6, who sadly lost her battle with Alzheimer’s this year and who had also fought Cancer and two Strokes along the way. Her daughter, who entered the competition, described her mother as an incredible woman, hard working, strong and beautiful.

I hope that I have been able to capture this amazing woman in the painting, and wanted to share the finished piece with you all.


If you are considering getting a commissioned painting done of your loved ones or pet then please take a look at some examples at the bottom of the page. I also thought of some tips for those of you thinking of getting commissions done.

One thing that is useful to think about is your photo, we would need to consider the composition that you would like, and ensure that the photo quality is really high, preferably using a digital camera. It is really difficult to capture the sparkling, loving character of the subject if you can’t see the colour of the eyes, or where the highlights are, so it is important to have lots of detail in the photo for me to work from.

Another top tip is to be eye level with your subject when you take the photo, this avoids awkward angles and makes your painting look great in any position on your wall.

The ideal place to take your picture would be outside in natural light, or near a window. There is no better place for a photoshoot than outside!

I am happy to come out to you to take the picture if you are fairly local to me. I hope this has been helpful to anyone hoping to get a commission done

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