Portrait painting is thrilling and although totally absorbing, I do find listening and chatting an important part of the process.

Susan Ryder Commission

I particularly like painting my sitters in their own setting, be it a lamplit room or outside with their dog, whatever captures them.

Susan Ryder Commission

I was vice president of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters from 2007 to 2008 and was incredibly honoured to have been commissioned by HRH Prince Charles to paint Diana, Princess of Wales in her wedding dress in 1981 and HM The Queen for the RAC centenary in 1997.  More recently, I have painted Tilda Swinton, Max Hastings and Rory Stewart . But of course not all of my sitters are household names, as you can see from the images I am showing here. Children and families give me huge pleasure to paint.

Susan Ryder Commission

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