In portraiture I attempt  to express

what is behind and beyond the physical features of the sitter.

I enjoy the challenge of painting/drawing portraits, commissioned or otherwise.
My aim is always to capture, not a superficial resemblance of the sitter, but that other distinguishing thing that lies behind the eyes, the bone structure underlying the features, the body's natural posture.


A painted portrait, as an image imbued with the painter's artistic sensibility and skill, expresses so much more than a photograph.

For further information on commissions, my availability for exhibitions (solo, touring, or mixed), or for information about contributing poetry
to anthologies, public readings and workshops, please contact me in the first instance by email:

© All images by John Lyons 2015