The initial idea behind these portraits was to make a series of paintings with a focus on the changing temperaments of a girl on the cusp of becoming a teenager. The model for these works is a human being very close to my heart and as I painted her I realised how the whole history of knowing a person piles into portraits such as these. They have become more than their original intention and I intend to pursue this new direction further. ‘Eleven’, shown at the 136th Royal Ulster Academy’s Annual Exhibition in Belfast 2017 and ‘Twelve and a Half’, currently showing at the 188th Royal Hibernian Academy’s Annual Exhibition in Dublin 2018 are pictured below. Watch this space, ‘Thirteen’ is on the way…

Eleven, Oil on Canvas, 20cm x 20cm, 2017 shown at the 136th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Belfast 2017
Photography Dickon Whitehead 2017

Twelve and a Half, Oil on Canvas, 20cm x 20cm, 2018
Currently on show in the RHA’s 188th Annual Exhibition, Dublin (Photography Dickon Whitehead 2018)