Fiona's Notebook

BBC Radio 4 Programme - A Portrait Of..... Juliet Stevenson

BBC Radio 4 Programme - A Portrait Of..... Juliet Stevenson

8 November 2017

Thursday 9th November - 11.30am, BBC Radio 4 - Fiona's painted the wonderful actress Juliet Stevenson. You can hear her doing it. Yes, not watch, hear. BBC Radio 4 commissioned Fiona, whose last two portraits were hung in the National Portrait Gallery, to paint Juliet. No cameras. Just sound and uncluttered by TV - it's more than a painting. As the portrait takes shape, so do the deeper feelings of painter and sitter. The result is a masterpiece. Don't miss it.

The BBC also want to hear what you think of the series. The person who commissioned the idea, Gwyneth Williams, would love to hear your comments - gwyneth.williams@bbc.co.uk.

A Portrait Of....Juliet Stevenson

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BBC Radio 4 Programme - A Portrait Of..... Danielle de Niese

BBC Radio 4 Programme - A Portrait Of..... Danielle de Niese

31 October 2017

Thursday 2nd November - 11.30am, BBC Radio 4 - My portrait of Danielle de Niese snooped upon by the BBC then broadcast. A powerful and sometime deeply moving moment of creation for both of us. Papers said it's the hit of the day. The producers say it's the most natural broadcaster talking to a genius. It all came together on 2 November. I'm painting the genius, Danielle de Niese the girl the New York Times calls the coolest soprano in opera. It is a powerful friendship. BBC Radio listened in. Me and Danny at Glyndebourne. "30 minutes of bliss says Pier Production’s Chief, Peter Hoare. 30 minutes of magic - and quite a few tears. Unforgettable."

Listen on 2 November (BBC Radio 4 11.30am) otherwise catch up on iPlayer

A Portrait Of....Danielle de Niese

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BBC Radio 4 Programme - A Portrait Of..... Ed Watson

BBC Radio 4 Programme - A Portrait Of..... Ed Watson

25 October 2017

Thursday 26th October - 11.30am, BBC Radio 4 - Listening in as artist Fiona Graham-Mackay paints Edward Watson, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, following the progress of the work and hearing the interaction between the sitter and painter. The conversation covers how Watson overcame his self-doubt, being an introverted performer, and those lonely moments on stage in front of an audience.

A Portrait Of....Ed Watson

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About Fiona

Fiona is one of "Britain's foremost portrait painters" says the Daily Telegraph. She is one of just 50 painters selected from more than 80 countries for 2016 BR National Portrait Gallery Summer Exhibition.

She is also one of Britain's foremost landscape painters with her work covering idyllic river and wildlife scenes in Britain to edgy landscapes and individuals in Pakistan and the Taliban country along the Afghan borders.

Fiona is one of the most sought after teachers on Painting in Italy courses with followers coming from all over the world to be taught by her in Venice, Sicily, Florence, Saragano and Montefalco. And she now runs workshops for all levels of painters – beginners to stars – at her studio in East Sussex.