Nell Dewhirst

Nell Dewhirst, portrait artist


About the artist

My formal introduction to art was the completion of a short course in drawing at Melbourne's Council of Adult Education, in 1993. Then, under guidance of members of my local artists’ society about ten years later, I began working in watercolour, oil, pastels and even sculpture. After painting a range of subject matter I kept being drawn to capturing the human form, so I focused on portraiture.

I am Melbourne Australia-based, and now work mainly in acrylic on canvas and watercolour on paper. My commissioned portraits hang in private collections in Victoria, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

All images used with permission.

About the art

I enjoy using all of the canvas to express the empirical nature of a subject. I see no point adding unnecessary information when – to me – the real subject matter is the expression, skin-tone, depth of shadow, and the drama of a robust contrast between light and dark. In my view, if these elements are painted well, they capture more important things than any extraneous background detail ever could.

Allow me to create your very own work of art: a lasting portrait of someone special.

Acrylic on canvas 2018
40.6cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2018
50.8cm x 60.9cm

FAQs

Acrylic on canvas 2018
40.6cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2018
60cm x 50cm

Acrylic on canvas 2019
40.6cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2018
40.6cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2018
45.5cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2018
45.5cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2018
45.5cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2018
60cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2018
45.5cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2017
45.5cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2017
45.5cm2

Acrylic on canvas 2017
45.5cm2

Portrait of Mike 2016
Acrylic on canvas 30cm2

awarded Special Recognition in
LightSpaceTime Online Gallery's
2018 Figurative Art Competition


Watercolour on paper 2009
55cm x 36cm

Acrylic on board 2017
45.5cm2

Tel. +61 (0)438 767 869 View FAQs page Email: nell@dewhirst.com.au