Photo of Timothy CummingTimothy Cumming is a Scottish artist working mainly in digital oils and acrylics. A painter of both abstract figurative paintings and portraits, he's the son on renowned Edinburgh artist James Cumming.

"I love the human face. Its expressions and endless subtleties provide rich variety for the portrait painter", says Cumming whose interests primarily centre on the sitter's personality. "For me, projecting that as vividly and luminously as possible is the main purpose of portraiture."

Few sitters like to stay still for long periods. So to make the sketch session enjoyable, Cumming works quickly and takes reference photos of facial detail. He then recreates the sitting in his digital studio using sketches and fragments of photos which he pins to his wall.

"The portrayal of personality can come through not just facial expression and colour but also light and texture, clothing or gesture, background or possessions", he says, "I work with local and natural materials as much as possible, because they bring a certain reality to the work". He frequently uses local stone, wood or wall textures as the canvas for his paintings.

"Every buyer deserves a work that fills the eye, that reveals more of itself over time, that uplifts. We're all so busy we rarely notice the best moments in our day, so my reward as an artist is to dwell on those, to articulate our deeds and thoughts so we can see how wonderful they really are."

Cumming works in mixed, print and large-format digital media. A late-comer to art, he studied engineering at Glasgow University, and has worked in the creative industries - mainly music, design, photography, web and software - both as artist and technician. He's based in Wiltshire, UK.

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