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Freya Hoayun

Portraits of people and animals in oil.
Oil
St Ives

I paint realistic portraits of people and animals in oil. I enjoy capturing a true likeness of my subjects, not just their physical features but also something of their character.  I am especially interested in how light can bring a painting to life.

Working from life and/or photographs my portraits are built up in layers over many days. I sometimes use a monochrome underpainting to ensure the correct values before adding several glazes of colour.  Other times I paint directly into colour varying between an alla prima approach and allowing the paint to dry between layers.  I tend to use a limited pallet of brown, blue, red, yellow and white as these colours allow me to mix almost any natural colour.

I have recently been experimenting with reflection and layering images  where strong light plays an integral roll in allowing two images to be seen together as one.

Jake
HCMC
InsideOutside
Les
Family portrait
Gabrielle
Self portrait
Reflection
Winston
SuperWonder
Jozef
Kat
Diamonds are Trumps
Molly
Albert
Danny