Three family portraits: John-Paul and Jasmine Tooth and Holly Rogers

Three portraits, painted at different times, and at different life stages of three very important people in my life. 

Portraying an intimate

How do you portray an intimate, someone you have seen through all their ups and downs?  Well, I find such portraits tend to paint themselves.

The niece

Holly Rogers student oil on canvas artwork by Stella Tooth.

My first of the three portraits, of my niece Holly, was done when I was still studying portraiture at Heatherleys.  My sister had sent me a photo of her to paint from, where she was looking at her beloved Scottie Monty who was sitting on her lap. I loved the angle - from above as if you were privy to a private moment.  It summed Holly up for me at that stage of her life, self-effacing and tender. 

The daughter

Jasmine and John-Paul Tooth portraits in oils on canvas artworks by Stella Tooth

Jasmine asked me to paint her portrait and I was delighted to as she was at that age when she was hovering on the brink of adulthood - before she went to university.  The sun was strong in our garden and the sunlight dappled across her face.  I photographed her from above which I felt fleetingly described our roles then, when she still was still of an age, at 17, where she still looked to some of the world’s answers from her parents.  

The son

John-Paul Tooth oil on canvas portrait artwork by Stella Tooth.

I painted John-Paul - five years older than Jasmine - soon afterwards in a short, indoor photographic session. He knew what was required, studying broadcast journalism as he was at university.  His face had turned from teenage but hadn’t fully rounded out into the man he would become. He was laid back about the portrait, popping in occasionally to see how it was going along with encouraging words.


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