When portrait commissions go swimmingly I think seriously about seeking them more actively. This recent one of Dr Ruth Page was a case in point, with the composition suggesting itself almost immediately, and the sitter being generous enough to sit for the duration of the process – roughly ten sittings.
I’m extremely grateful to those who put the commission my way, and to Dr Page for being such a patient and hospitable subject.
From a distance there’s perhaps a somewhat forbidding air, but the humour and friendliness becomes apparent on closer acquaintance. Ruth was President of New College 1996 – ’99; the first woman to hold the position. She’s particularly noted for her scholarly works on ecology and the natural world, explored from a theological perspective.