About me

christine-youldonMy path to becoming a portrait artist was an unusual one. As a child my passion was always drawing people and faces – especially faces!  At school I excelled at art and was offered a place at art college, but was put off by the growing trend for conceptual art and the prospect of arranging installations, so I embarked on an entirely different path. I went to university to study law, then to law school, followed by a training contract with a city firm of solicitors in London. I qualified as a solicitor in 1991. With the rigorous training and working in London, I had little time to paint, but in 1994 after moving to Nottinghamshire and working for a local law firm, I began to dedicate what spare time I had to painting.  After showing some success in portraiture, I began to work part-time, three days painting and four days as a solicitor.

My career as a portrait artist really started in 1999 with a portrait of Harvey McGregor QC. Harvey was head of chambers at 4 Paper Buildings. I frequently instructed his chambers as a solicitor.  This portrait led on to other portraits – Lord Woolf, Kenneth Clarke MP, Cherie Booth QC and eventually 34 portraits of prominent members of the legal profession  and a solo exhibition of portraits at the Chambers Gallery in London.

I decided to leave the legal profession to become a full time artist and dedicate myself to a career in painting in 2001 and have been painting portraits since then.

Bibliography

Public Collections

  • John Moores University, Liverpool

Notable Sitters

  • The Rt Hon Lord Woolf
  • The Rt Hon Lord Scott
  • The Rt Hon Lord Phillips
  • The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hale
  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Rose
  • Cherie Booth, QC
  • Sir Sydney Kentridge, QC
  • Harvey McGregor QC
  • The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC, MP
  • The Hon Michael Beloff, QC
  • Lord Goldsmith, QC
  • Jonathan Sumption, QC
  • Gordon Pollock, QC
  • Baroness Kingsmill
  • Her Excellency Dame Rosalyn Higgins
  • Michael Mansfield, QC
  • The Rt Hon Lord Slynn
  • Harriet Harman QC, MP
  • Lord Grabiner, QC
  • The Rt Hon Lord Falconer
  • The Rt Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss    
  • The Rt Hon Lord Bingham
  • Marianna Hildyard QC
  • The Rt Hon Sir Anthony Clarke
  • The Rt. Hon. Baroness Scotland
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Oaksey
  • Sir Howard Panter
  • Rosemary Squire, OBE
  • The Hon Michael Attenborough CBE