The art of portraiture has existed for (probably) about five thousand years … think of cave drawings and, much later, charcoal sketches, paintings, murals, sculpture … mostly created to record or flatter or adorn buildings.
My favourite story about the origin of painting is The Maid of Corinth, a story told by Pliny the Elder about how a young woman, saying goodbye to her sailor on the eve of a long and dangerous voyage, drew an outline on his shadow on a wall so she would have it to remember him by. (Painting by David Allan, 1744 – 1796)
The history of portraiture is a rich mix of the conventional (think Rembrandt, Gainsborough etc), the surreal (think Picasso, Magritte etc) and the controversial (think Mapplethorpe, Arbus) and is ever-changing, never so much as in the world of digital technology. My portraits are the result of many influences and genres from over the centuries … not designed to flatter or record, but to entertain, amuse and – sometimes – tease out a touch of the unusual.