Coates family portrait

The Mengardon-Coates

The one that started it all… this is my very own family, a couple of years ago – I know because it ‘only’ includes three cats, and we have since acquired three more. We read a lot of Going on a bear hunt for my […]

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The Brittons

Meet ‘team’ Britton, or possibly the most outdoorsy family you’ve ever met. They live for the great outdoors, and this has to be reflected in this portrait, and this is how they found themselves on a kayak, and happy too! Their little boy exhibits classic […]

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Matisse egg

One of my daughter’s school project was exploring artists. With little time to spare (due the following day!!) and a Matisse exhibition in town and a little pinterest for inspiration (saw a balloon covered in leaves) and inspiration hit hard – we would make a […]

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Abby’s family portrait

Latest Etsy commission, this time for Abby in Cambridge! The idea was to capture a happy time for this gorgeous family, including nods to some more or less obvious likes and hobbies – from gardening to mermaids, history books and Pinot Grigio, there is definitely […]

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Todd’s cycling family

Another lovely brief all the way from Melbourne this time! This was a present from Nina to her husband Todd on his 40th birthday from which was just a couple of days ago!! The family loves nothing more than an outing on their bikes in […]

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Alicia Markova, la chatte

More fascinating ladies of dance… Alicia probably wouldn’t have believed she would ever turn into a splendid she-cat for Balanchine as a star of the Ballets Russes. For a start, she was born Lily Marks, a jewish girl from Finsbury Park in North London. She […]

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Martha Graham

Martha Graham

Back to my heroines of contemporary dance – this time we’re not talking meak flower on the wall of dance history, but tackling the uber influential Martha Graham – we are talking THE mother of modern dance. She believed in the deep meaning of movement […]

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Lucia Joyce 

I have very much enjoyed my latest forays in the early twentieth century looking at amazing women who made a huge impact on contemporary and modern dance – see my previous posts on Helen Tamiris and Aida Overton Walker.  It’s made me want to find out more […]

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Tara and Ed’s wedding portrait

Tara asked me to create this portrait for her wedding – so I felt very privileged to get access to all their outfits before the big day, and got to see the bride before her groom!! The drawing was used as a cake topper, but […]

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Aida Overton Walker 

   Continuing with the series on obscure leading ladies of dance, I give you Aida Overton Walker. Aida starting in vaudeville and was a huge hit in the US at the start of the 1900s. She went on to successfully transition to more serious dramatic […]

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Helen Tamiris by Man Ray (and me!)

   I went on a papercutting workshop recently – something I’ve been meaning to explore for quite some time. We worked on a couple of things on the day, but for me not an original piece of artwork. So this is my first proper karuski […]

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