Catherine louise halliday HS
I have always loved being creative and spend some of my happiest hours drawing and painting. I began by depicting botanical subjects where I found pen and ink suited me the best, but I always had a tendency to draw my subjects smaller than life size, which I thought a weakness.
Then I discovered miniature painting by chance when my dad was doing a jigsaw taken from a painting by Tracy Hall, who is a miniature artist, and he suggested this might be something I would enjoy. This planted the seed of an idea and with further research on-line and with books borrowed from my local library, I began tentatively to have a go.
I started with landscapes and flowers but had always had a hankering to try portraiture, having dabbled on a larger scale years before. I began in pencil, then watercolour, using any good quality photos I could find to practice from and with many mistakes along the way I started to improve. From the photograph, usually on my iPad, I create a fairly detailed pencil drawing on Bristol board. I then use small controlled strokes, working from light to dark and gradually building up the tones and making any adjustments until I am happy.
I now concentrate on miniature portraits in pencil and have exhibited with the Hilliard Society and the Royal Miniature Society since 2013 and am happy to accept commissions.