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Friends had recommended artists, but I was nervous about commissioning a group portrait without expert advice. Rosie at Fine Art Commissions showed me examples by artists experienced at painting children, and talked me through the options until we found someone whose character and painting style suited us all perfectly.
My father has influenced me greatly in my work and given that it is a relatively strange thing for a sculptor to raise a painter, I thought it could be an interesting father–son project to make portraits of one another at the same time.
Dad Sculpting Me – Winner of The Young Artist Award, BP Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2016
Rosalie was great fun to work with and made the sittings pass as quickly as was possible. She made us feel at ease throughout and we really liked her ideas on composition and colours.
We were interested in commissioning a portrait of the three of us to surprise our mother with on her 50th birthday. Rosie was insightful in suggesting artists whose styles might suit. She then came up with the definitive idea of commissioning a set of three that would work together or apart…Thank you Rosie… you could not have executed our idea any better and the portraits will be enjoyed by the family for years.
The Cobbold Family