Harriet Pattinson

I am a London based artist practising mainly in the medium of oil paint and with a particular love and interest in painting people, commissioned portraits or otherwise. I first developed this desire to explore portraiture at school and it has continued ever since, resulting in my 3 and a half years training at Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy, which specialises in portraiture from life. Here I learnt the sight-size method, a technique used by painters for centuries, from Titian and Velazquez to Reynolds and Singer Sargent. My experience in Florence furthered my passion for painting from nature; under natural light; to the scale of life; from life. 

In painting from life you are given more opportunities in which to try to capture a beautiful but fleeting expression and, as I see it, this is the portraitists’ persistent struggle and ultimate purpose.

 I also paint flowers, still life, draw in charcoal and intend to explore landscape, figurative pieces and whatever else inspires me in the future! 


For enquiries into the price of paintings, commissions, or further information please contact me.

Exhibitions/ Press

  • Finalist in ARC Salon 2019

  • Exhibited in The Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2019

  • Commissioned by Grenadier Guards to paint official portrait of HRH The Duke of York as their Colonel 2019

  • Exhibited in The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries, London 2018 (http://therp.co.uk/)

  • Exhibited in Chelsea Arts Society Annual Exhibition 2017

  • Included in The Royal Society of Portrait Painters' "Top Portrait Painters 2017" - http://therp.co.uk/top-portrait-painters-2017/

  • Exhibited in The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall Galleries, London 2017

  • 2016 Student Exhibition at Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence