Henrietta Young paints in oils on board, canvas and (sometimes) paper. Drawing and painting prolifically from an early age, she trained at Winchester School of Art and held her first solo show in 1980. She was runner-up in the National Portrait Gallery's John Player Award (now the BP Portrait Award). Working from her studio in Dorset, she travels for sittings across the United Kingdom, as well as in Europe and America.

"A conversation tells you more about somebody than a photo ever can. Each sitting (a picture might need five or six) reveals something different. A good portrait is much more than a likeness — it expresses something essential. It's a collaboration between the artist and the sitter; you both feel when you have got it right."


Henrietta Young