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Louise Riley-Smith has specialised in portrait painting for over twenty years. She has trained with numerous professional artists including James Horton and Thomas Newbolt and briefly at The Slade, in Florence and in St. Petersburg with Oleg Eremeev, former President of the St Petersburg Academy of Arts.

Louise’s sensitive and illuminating portraits have been commissioned by members of the diplomatic and civil services, clergy, lawyers, senior academics, decorated military personnel, businessmen, landowners and their families – and more. She has been selected by the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters and exhibited at the Mall Galleries. In addition, she has been selected for The Discerning Eye and shortlisted for the Garrick/Milne Prize and the Royal Society of Oil Painters. Her perceptive and insightful portraits explore subtle nuances of expression and personality, while capturing the true likeness of each individual sitter. She is one of the most sought-after British portraitists today.

Portraits by Louise Riley-Smith

August 2012

All work is oil on canvas unless stated

2012
Work in progress: Mary Trend, Kate Winter, Mick Paulusma, Alban McCoy II; de Ruig children Molly Chadwyck-Healey – 18″ x 16″ pastel

Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey – publisher, Chairman Wildlife Trust, 40″ x 30″ Charcoal

Neil Warmsley – 20″ x 20″ Landscaper and artist

Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey – publisher, Chairman Wildlife Trust 22″ x 20″

2011
Cherry Hopkins – 24″ x 20″ lecturer in Law, fellow of Girton College, Cambridge

Kate Kewley – 40″x 30″ working at Oxfam in Oxford

Georgia Kewley – 40″ x 30″ working in marketing in London

Stephen Hill – 48″x 72″recently retired Principal of Royal Holloway, Univ. of London, commissioned by the college.

Simon Eliot – 40″ x 30″ recently retired Headmaster, Sherborne School, commissioned by the school.

Ben Merrett – 15, 40″ x 30″ currently attending Westminster School

2010
Edward Parkes – 24″ x 22″ charcoal

Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey – publisher, Chairman Wildlife Trust etc 80cm x 100cm

Tim Dunning – Midshipman – 50″ x 30″

Sir Simon Jenkins – writer and journalist, Chairman National Trust 40″ x 30″

Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE – Professor of Pharmacology, University of Oxford

Phoebe Hill – 16″ x 12″, aged 9 months (pastel),

Jonathan Riley-Smith – 20″ x 20″ Historian

The Hunt Sisters (pastel);

Jon Harris – 40″ x 30″ Artist and architect

2009
Nigel W Brown OBE – 48″x 60″ Financier and philanthropist

Michael Sayer – historian and landowner

2008
Alys Parkes, – 24″ x 16″ Oxford undergraduate, charcoal and chalk on paper

Dr Peter Milton – 18″ x 16″ Gynaecologist

Carole Ellison – 30″ x 60″ Psychotherapist, painter

Polly Paulusma – 30″ x 60″ Singer songwriter

Toby Riley-Smith – 40″ x 30″ Barrister

2007
Fr Alban McCoy I – 40″ x 30″ Cambridge Catholic Chaplain, commissioned by CUCA.

40″ x 30″ – commissioned by CUCA.

Dr John C Taylor – inventor, benefactor to Corpus Christi College, commissioned by the College. 40″ x 56″ + 2 panels
John Holder – illustrator 80cm x 100cm 2006 ****

Lucy van Beek – wildlife programme producer 16″ x 22″

Alix Everett-Heath – Primary school teacher 20″ x 16″

2006
Simon & Hilary Szreter and family – 48″ x 72″ Fellow of St John’s College and family

Joanna Crighton II – 30 “x 24″ Education Consultant after Matisse

Joanna Crighton I – 24″ x 20″ Education Consultant

Joe Denby – 24″ x 16″ charcoal and chalk on paper

Narinder Kumar – 30″ x 40″ (Nude)

2005
Tamsin Phelps – ‘Waiting’ 30″ x 40″ **

Emma Clark – 24″x 16″ Student charcoal and chalk on paper

Gabriel Stokes – 24″ x 16″ Student charcoal and chalk on paper

Glynne Harris – 20″ x 16″ Civil engineer

Jonathan Riley-Smith – 40″ x 30″ Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge; Knight of grace and devotion, Sovereign Order of Malta.

Joanna Murden – 20″ x 16″ Business assistant

2004
Tamsin Phelps – 12 x 14″ Screenwriter and lecturer – oil sketch

Adam Phelps – Event organizer – oil sketch

Sophia McMillan – 28″ x 24″ veterinary student **

Tamara Trefusis – 20″ x 16″ Barrister

Rosemary Wild – as Venus (after Velazquez) 48″ x 72″

2003
Sanna Gough – 20″ x 16″, Schoolgirl, aged 9

Elaine Paige – 46″ x 36″ Actress, singer ***

Judith Everett-Heath – 24″ x 18″, Wife and mother

Horace Barlow – Horace Barlow 1 and 2 pastels (commissioned by Trinity College and by his wife) Neurophysiologist, Trinity College Cambridge

William Davies – 20″ x 18″ Formerly Senior Editor, Cambridge University Press

2002
Vaughan Smith – 40″ x 30″ TV Frontline director and journalist

Carla Mazzei – 24″ x 20″ Art restorer

Pier Paolo – 24″ x 20″ Architect

Fulvia – 28″ x 18″ charcoal on carta di Roma

Virginie – 28″ x 18″ charcoal on carta di Roma

Elaine Wright – 30″ x 48″ Model; interior designer, Knaresborough, Yorkshire

Malcolm Lyons – pastel Professor of Arabic, fellow of Pembroke College

Liz Wheeler II – new working of previous portrait

Father Philip Ursell – 36″x 20″ Principal of Pusey House, Oxford

2001
Giles Sim – 40″ x 30″ Landowner, MFH

Prof Haroon Ahmed – 40″ x 30″ Master of Corpus Christi College Cambridge; Micro-electro Engineer

Claire Bailey – 48″ x 60″ Dressage expert

Lieutenant Col. Edward Aubrey-Fletcher – 30″ x 24″ Director of Stanford Hall, Leics

Lucinda Collison – 40″ x 30″ Student

2000
Jamie, Eleanor, Jos, Jack and Richard Ingilby – 40″ x 60″ Children of Sir Thomas Ingilby, Ripley Castle

Prof. Sir David Williams – 40″ x 30″ QC DL Vice Chancellor Emeritus Cambridge Univ.

Juliet Bromley-Martin – 24″ x 18″ Recruitment manager. (My godchild: her 21st birthday present)

Lucie, Josh and Harriet Hill – 24″ x 24″ Friends aged 14, 11 and 6

Sacha Riley-Smith – 30″ x 40″ My niece, aged 6

Mark Fisher – 40″ x 30″ Civil servant.

Lady Margaret Thomas – 30″ x 24″ Theologian. Wife of Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge.

1999
Late Professor David Crighton – 40″ x 36″ Late Master of Jesus College Cambridge, FRS

Professor Shon Ffowcs Williams – 36″ x 29″ Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge

Professor Norman Gowar – Professor Norman Gowar Principal of Royal Holloway, London University

Major David Gape – MBE JP DL 30″ x 40″ Estate owner, magistrate

Polly Paulusma – 20″ x 16″ Singer song writer

Charles Smith – 40″ x 30″ Event organiser

1998
Rosie Watters – 16″ x 12″ Friend aged 8

Anne Ffowcs Williams – 44″ x 40″ Novelist **

Caroline Malim – 50″ x 40″ Archaeolical artist

Elizabeth Wheeler – 36″ x 24″ College nurse

Nicky Crowther – 40″ x 30″ Nicky has learning difficulties

1997
Dominie Courtauld – 24” x 48” Interior designer *

Ursula Lyons – 24” x 20” Arabist. Fellow Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge

Derek Drummie – 24“ x 20” London University College administrator

Elisabeth Machin – c16” x 12” Scientist

Richard Williams MC – 24” x 20” 24” x 20”

Flora Georgia and Lucia Lowther – 48” x 36” Aged 3, 6 and 8

1996
Jon Harris – 24” x 20” Artist

Sally Dunning – 24” x 20” Artist Dental receptionist

George Courtauld – 24” x 20” Queen’s Messenger> High Sherriff of Essex

John Woodall – 24” x 20” Lawyer

1995
Tristram Riley-Smith – 16” x 12” Civil servant

Candellaria Capurro – 24” x 20” Life model, wife, mother

Keith Dunning – 24” x 20” Civil aviation; technical designer

* Exhibited Royal Society of Portrait Painters

** Shortlisted Royal Society of Portrait Painters

*** Shortlisted Garrick/Milne Prize 2003 purchased by Miss Paige

**** Shortlisted Royal Society of Portrait Painters; most votes Cambridge Drawing Society