Portrait: Vanessa Gillies

Vanessa Gillies is a hairdresser friend who agreed to sit for a portrait for me, when I needed models during my portraiture studies. 

She was very keen that her own hair looked good in the portrait and I thought it would be fun to show her own artistry from both the front and the back. 

Vanessa Gillies portrait in oils on canvas artwork with mirror by Stella Tooth

Having inherited a wonderful mirror from my mum, I sat her against it and, over six sessions of three hours over six weeks, and lots of wonderful chats, the portrait took shape and I was able to gift it to her.

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