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