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Johanna Spinks chooses Silver Brushes for her portraits.

" I rely on Silver brushes in my portrait work particularly the #2 Grand Prix filbert 1003 in the later stages to achieve the brushy but soft effect I am after especially in the face. I want a look that is "finished" enough for the client but not too smooth and blended for me and this brush gets me there like no other. I couldn't be without it. It is very important to my creative process and finished result."

Award-winning British portrait artist Johanna Spinks knows faces inside out. For years she worked as a top Hollywood makeup artist to the stars applying her artistry to many famous faces before they went under the lights.
Over the years she became increasingly frustrated by the demands of the business and decided to devote herself full-time to her love of classical portraiture - still painting the face, but from now on exclusively in oil on canvas.

"I have always loved and studied every aspect of art but portraiture was a natural draw for me. There was just nothing else I wanted to paint. I am fascinated by faces and I study them all day long even when I'm not actually painting them, at the local coffee shop, at the dry cleaners, at a L. A. Lakers Game, wherever...
"But painting a portrait is so much more than capturing a likeness. It is about a very delicate and sympathetic rendering of that person's essence and spirit for posterity and for future generations to see."

Johanna steadfastly observes from her Malibu studio the grand tradition of oil portraiture after studying in museums around the world the works of the Old Masters from Frans Hal and Velasquez to John Singer Sargeant and Lord Frederick Leighton.

Click for more information about Johanna Spinks, her studio, galleries and her portrait work.

She is also grateful to modern day masters with whom she continues to study who have helped fine-tune her craft including Everett Raymond Kinstler, the country's foremost portrait painter of five presidents and over 50 cabinet members along with training at The Art Students League of New York, The Art Academy of Los Angeles and The California Art Institute.

Her classical oil portraits and paintings hang in both public and private collections in the United States, Canada, England and Australia.


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