Sometimes the nicest thing about being a creative is receiving a message such as the following:
'Hi Dan, just to let you know, your amazing art work was admired by everyone who was lucky enough to see it, especially Amanda and Max who absolutely love their gift. Thank you so much x'
Amanda and Max got married on 28th October this year, and I'd been commissioned to paint a pair of miniature portraits as a gift to commemorate their big day.
They were painted in oils measuring 38mm in diameter and mounted in matching fob watches, which can be worn on fob or neck chains.
This was a particularly intense commission for me simply due to the nature of the occasion. As this was a surprise gift we had 'fun' identifying photo references which we thought best portrayed the character of the subjects, while at the same time being images they would actually like (we can be so choosy about images of ourselves).
I think we hit the right balance and hopefully these little paintings will be cherished mementos of that special day in the years of happily married bliss to come.
Here's to long life and happy unions!
I've been making artwork in one form or another for over 25 years now.
Most of my regular income has come working as a painter for a very successful commercial art studio in the UK, my specialization being hand-crafted representational paintings such as portraits, realistic landscapes and figurative scenes.
As an individual artistic presence I've been somewhat hidden away in the shadows of that commercial world, but that arrangement has always worked for me up to now.
Daniel Rose is a UK based artist specialising in portraiture and representational painting.