Nicky Padfield. Master of Fitzwilliam College Cambridge 65×47 cm
This is the second master's portrait Beka Smith has been commissioned. She has several portraits at the college including her BP Portrait Awards piece, Dr Leslie Wayper alongside a pencil sketch of the Fellow and her first public commission of retiring Master Professor Robert Lethbridge.
Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve. The British Academy, London.
This was a dual commission of the esteemed Baroness and was an interesting project for the artist who had to realise her different roles at the institutions. The other hangs in Newnham College where she was Principle.
Patricia Metham National English Adviser at Ofsted.
This was the third commission of Ashford School. Patricia was Headmistress at the time of the artist's study at the school. The artist was commissioned to undertake a copy which hangs at thee family home.
Acrylic on Board. Bespoke Frame by Mike Hookey Portrait dimensions 47cm x 31.5cm
Elizabeth Phillips OBE Headmistress St Marylebone School London
This portrait was commissioned by the school to celebrate the subject's role as Headmistress at the School. The artist was then commissioned to undertake a copy of the work which hangs at the family home.
Acrylic on Board. Private Collection. 535mm x 350mm
Beka first became acquainted with her cousin Tony when her portrait of Dr Leslie Wayper was exhibited at the National portrait Gallery. He is painted in his front room with the notorious 'Goblin Carpet'. When Beka's father passed away she gave Tony her father's favourite recliner chair and it fits into the decor of the room.
Beka was commissioned to undertake a portrait of her father, the renowned concert pianist Ronald Smith. This posthumous portrait became one of three exact copies. After the first had been completed, Beka was asked to undertake a copy and then a second copy. The there were exhibited side by side at her Open Studios.
Beka met. Michael Piper by chance at a restaurant in the Sussex village Alciston where Beka and her family often went. She was struck by the fact that the gentleman has glass eye and how this effects the facial expressions on that side. The portrait was located at his house nearby.