I have painted portraits since I can remember - well before art school. And even though my father insisted that I study graphics at art school (so I could get a job later), I would study graphics during the day at Chelsea School of Art, then go home and paint portraits at night - and often all night. People's faces fascinate me and I'm never happier than when interpreting what I see onto the canvas.
Recently I have seen my graphics background emerge in my 'imaginary portraits', which you can see on the page so named. They are paintings that I have painted from my memory of the many faces I have studied and enjoyed throughout my life.
Also do contact me if you are interested in commissioning me to paint you or a loved one - I mainly paint head and shoulders, as it is faces that most intrigue me. I paint in oils, using either brushes or palette knives.
This client said on receiving her portrait:
"The last three years have held some big challenges ... Tessa, you have reminded me of the light behind my eyes and I can see how far I've come along this path when I look at this painting in a way that I can't when I look in the mirror.
So thank you, dear Tessa, for capturing my spirit and helping me to see things in a bigger way through the medium of paint and your inspirational creativity!'
Many of the paintings on the different pages of this site are for sale. Please contact me for details.
I also occasionally branch out into painting abstracts, when I feel my painting is getting too tight. You can see a couple of examples of these on the Abstract page.
Below you can see me, together with my husband Markus, talking about one of our exhibitions together.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me!