Original 1 - the portfolio site of portrait artist and designer Stephen Cooper

oil painting-group portrait

My paintings may look highly finished, but close up they reveal a loose yet figurative style that offers a unique capture from the artist's perspective; although photographs form a part of the reference process, an additional layer of interpretation significantly stands out. I strive to learn with each portrait, producing work that I am proud to exhibit.

When I'm completely satisfied with the finished painting I always play a specific piece of music to celebrate the point.''

I work on my portraits in a particular order, building the canvas up in sections - and only moving on to each section when I'm fully satisfied with the quality. This builds up to a point where I almost always finish with the face and hair; which to me is the most enjoyable phase of any portrait work.

No lengthy sittings for portraits


No lengthy sittings for portraits, usually just one session for photographic references required, providing convenience for the busy or self conscious sitter. I take all my own photographs of subjects to work from as I embrace the use of both digital and traditional references.