If people insist - as some have - I do consider a small number of commissions
A dodgyportrait will, speaking from experience, bring its owner a great deal of pleasure. You could consider it a kind of selfie and we all know how fond of these people are nowadays.
I don't like to overcharge for my works of art the way some very serious artists do. I think art should be for everyone (call me old-fashioned or even possibly a little avantgarde here).
You may be wondering how it all started? Well, I was truly inspired to take up painting by the great American artist Nancy Kominsky and bought her book, Paint Along with Nancy Kominsky, when I was 14. My dad made me an easel out of some old bits of wood and I started painting. Unfortunately my mother threw all those early works away. I like to think of it as the little acorn syndrome, and mighty oaks do take a while to grow, people, but you have to start somewhere.
I did a painting of my dear old mum after she passed away and gave it to my sister. Her neighbour popped in and, you know, she took one look at it and burst into tears. I didn't think it was that bad myself, but there's no accounting for taste.
Y: 'Er....I like the hair and the shirt.'
N: 'Oh, that's great. You've got a good feel for the material...Who is it?'
A: I showed a photo of your painting to a friend and now he wants one. As for me, I was a bit disappointed by this area here.'
J: 'For a minute I thought it was doggy portraits.'