At the Arts Educational Schools, as well as dance and drama, drawing and painting were important and we were imaginatively taught. I was lucky to visit the original caves at Lascaux, where those glistening animals on the undulating walls were an inspiration for life. I then studied at St Albans School of Art and then the Slade School of Fine Art with William Coldstream, afterwards spending a year based near Rome, studying the Renaissance masters.

From a training in movement and dance, my work is based closely on the 
expression of human life and movement. Portraiture has always been a part of that.  
My first commission was in 1977 for a BBC film in the Everyman series.   

Teaching in London and Wiltshire, and latterly at Swindon School of Art and Design for eighteen years, was combined with family life. The balance between painting, teaching 
and raising a large family has been a positive challenge. It has deepened my understanding of the human dynamics which are at the heart of every portrait. My five children now work in design, music and humanitarian charity, and are a collective inspiration to me.

In 1995 teaching gave way to portraiture, and an open-house exhibition introduced me 
to a new clientele which led steadily to painting portraits nationwide. Besides portraits 
I make other figurative paintings from drawings – Juliet Wood more paintings

My portraits have been shown at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Contemporary Portrait Society (The Naked Face), and the New Grafton Portrait Centre. See other exhibitions at Juliet Wood more paintings  From David Wolfers at the New Grafton Portrait Centre I have received interesting commissions and some of the best have come my way in Scotland where my ancestor, ‘Glasgow Boy’ James Guthrie, painted many portraits. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery purchased a study for my 2007 portrait of Sir Michael Atiyah, then president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.   
I prepare my own canvases, work in oil paint, and sometimes in oil pastel on paper. My portraits vary from small and intimate which I love, to substantial, over life-size works for public spaces which is exciting and challenging. With group portraits I am glad of my dual experience of professional and family life. Look in here on a portrait sitting, The core character of an individual, revealed in exact shape and gesture, and how this can be expressed in the design of a painting is endlessly intriguing. The understanding which develops with my sitter as we work together often leads to lasting friendship. Commissioning a Portrait        Contact
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