Often I look through older pieces of work and am pleased with the progress I’ve made. There’s nothing worse than standing still and not improving. However in rare cases, there are some pieces of work that I really enjoy rediscovering. They were moments in my learning which felt like breakthroughs, and leaps forward.

These two portraits I painted, when I was pretty obsessed with the Vikings TV show really helped me with my portrait work. It’s given me a real passion for portraiture. I think these two images are one of the reasons it’s still one of my favourite things to do.

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