Kitty, the Teenage Baker.


By Mark Draisey

© Mark Draisey

Mark Draisey undertook a BA (Hons) degree in illustration at Brighton Polytechnic and worked as an illustrator, caricaturist and cartoonist before becoming a portrait painter. His work has been seen in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. He was elected a member of the Oxford Art Society in 2019.

The portrait is of the artist’s acquaintance, Kitty. He says: ‘I frst became aware of her in 2019 when, at the age of fourteen, she opened a pop-up bakery selling her home baked sourdough loaves and buns. Working with her father, they managed to raise the money to open a shop in South Oxfordshire through crowd funding, and every day they’re open, the stock completely sells out.’