In 2012, the City of Chester commissioned a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to mark her Diamond Jubilee ahead of a royal visit.
The setting is of course Buckingham Palace, with the Victoria Memorial (glimpsed through the open window). I particularly enjoyed imagining, designing and painting the lovely gown in Swiss guipure lace, which is beautifully set off by the Crown Jewels and the Order of the Garter!
I was delighted and proud to hear (via the Daily Mail) that my painting was greatly admired by Peter Blake, one of my favourite British artists and also Beatles-era, like me. Peter famously created the cover art for the Sergeant Pepper album, which makes him one of the most significant pop artists of the 20thcentury.
This is a large portrait in oils. A one-off signed print was auctioned for charity in the same year. I’m thinking of making further prints in a limited edition, so if you are interested in acquiring one for your home or office, please do let me know!
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Wrap up nice and warm this holiday season in my festive Beatles Christmas jumper-inspired long sleeved T-shirt (also available with short sleeves).
The snuggle is real!
Forty years without my old chum John Lennon. It's almost unthinkable.