Mark Fennell RBSA

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#portraitsfornhsheroes

Here’s my second portrait for #portraitsfornhsheroes. I challenged myself by painting Katy just with palette knifes. I painted her portrait as part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes initiative created by fellow Oxford art society member and painter friend Tom Croft.

Katy's experience her own words.
“I’m a theatre recovery nurse. I qualified as a nurse in 2012 working first at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and later the BMI. During the full-on Covid period both NHS and private hospitals dedicated themselves to the common Covid struggle. The private sector was contracted to the NHS. I did a number of long shifts in an area designated for Covid patients with “hot and cold” areas - an off shoot of ITU. I also had informal caring responsibilities to my every father (recently widowed), whilst trying to socially distance.”

Portrait painting course.
I had an enjoyable day running a workshop on portrait painting with painting knives at Micklems farm near Henley on Thames. It was fully booked but 5 people cancelled because of the coronavirus, I think this will be my last workshop for a few months while covid 19 is still at large.

Winner of The Winsor and Newton Painting Award at the 2020 RBA annual exhibition.

Chuffed to bits to be awarded The Winsor and Newton Painting Award at the Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition.
https://royalsocietyofbritishartists.org.uk/rba-annual-exhibition-2020/

Buckinghamshire portrait artist has work selected for The RBA.
My self portrait – The diagnosis has been selected for The Royal Society of British Artists annual open exhibition at The Mall Galleries London.

“I painted this self portrait with palette knives soon after being diagnosed with Lymphoma, I think it reflects how I felt at the time.” Receiving the cancer diagnosis was such a shock, but I felt compelled to paint himself and show how i was feeling. The chemotherapy treatment was successful, and i now feel healthy and well”.

https://www.royalsocietyofbritishartists.org.uk

Portrait painting demonstration.
I was very pleased to be invited back to Pinner sketch club again, this time demonstrating portrait painting in oils with painting knives. https://www.pinnersketchclub.co.uk/

Portrait painting workshop.
Another fun day teaching a lovely group of artists portrait painting with palette knives at Art events in Surrey.
“Thank you for a wonderful wokshop on Saturday. It was a delight to meet you and we all loved working with you on the challenge of the palette knife! Not only are you a fine artist but an excellent tutor and I very much appreciated the preparation you made to ensure the students had all they needed to help them create a good painting. It was huge fun as well! We are already looking forward to the next one and I will send you some dates soon.”
Linda Bywaters

http://www.art-events.co.uk/

Portrait painting course in Oxford.
Enjoyed the weekend teaching palette knife portrait painting to a great bunch of students at Oxford Summer School. Some people decided to stick to working with brushes but still got some impressive results.
http://www.oxfordsummerschool.com/