Monday, 31 October 2011

Capture your baby’s personality in paint!

Local portrait artist Debbie Stubbs is just starting a very unusual business that should have real family appeal, and is the perfect gift for Birthdays, Christenings or Christmas.

Portrait paintings are usually for the rich and famous but Debbie recognises that every child is special and offers to paint you a unique and individual picture from only £45.

Debbie’s been painting babies for some time now. She initially began when her little boy was born pre-term at Lancaster Royal Infirmary. Unlike most mothers she was unable to cuddle and hold him, and so spent months in hospital watching and drawing him.

After a difficult time, thankful to expert care, her boy is now happy and enjoying nursery school.

Since then, Debbie says many mums have since asked her to paint their babies for them and all are delighted with the likeness and character that her paintings capture.

With increasing requests, Debbie is keen to paint more children using high quality oils and canvas she works from photos, which you can simply email to her.

Debbie originally trained as a theatre designer at Nottingham Trent University and has worked at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square and designed stage set and costumes for many fringe theatre productions. Previous employment has seen her career evolve in various roles: Arts Officer for both South Buckinghamshire and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Arts Centre Director for Windsor and Cranleigh, for a seven year period.

“Children grow up so fast!" says the Lancaster-based artist. "Painting their portrait is really a long lasting way to remember and cherish the time”.

• Order your own painting in 5 easy steps – to see how visit Debbie’s new website or email Debbie says she offers a 14-day or 7-day option for delivery

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