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Olivia Baynham

Olivia is a portrait and figurative artist.

Olivia was born in London in 1994, and brought up in Hampshire. After leaving school at 18, she studied an art foundation at City and Guilds in London. Once she had graduated, she decided she wanted to develop her draftsmanship skills further and attempt a more rigorous training method in Florence, Italy.

Olivia studied traditional portraiture in Florence for four years at Charles Cecil Studios. Here, she learnt the old masters technique called the ‘sight-size method’ whereby you measure and observe the model from a distance and to the scale of life, painting under natural light. Masters, such as John Singer Sargent and Sir Thomas Lawrence, used this technique whilst its origins lie in the practise of Van Dyke, Velasquez and Titian.