Father and child


By Vanessa Garwood

© Vanessa Garwood

Vanessa Garwood studied at the Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence as well as studying with the South African sculptor, Dylan Lewis. Garwood’s work has been seen in group and solo exhibitions in London and was previously selected for the BP Portrait Award in 2006, 2018 and 2019. In 2019 she worked with Royal Ballet choreographer and dancer Valentino Zucchetti on a live painting and dancing performance ‘Dancing lines’, performed in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House.

For this portrait commission, Garwood reflected on her own childhood and family relationships. She says: ‘The gaze of the girl in the painting is the centre of the composition and I wanted to build an image that reflected their closeness but also a realistic, busy and domestic scene.’