Svetlana Cameron (b.1978) is a Russian-British portrait artist dedicated to the revival of traditional fine art. Trained in the methods of Old Masters, she specializes in portraiture in the style of classical realism. Svetlana's attention to detail and outstanding ability to capture her sitter's character have earned her a strong reputation as one of today’s finest international portrait artists. She holds the title of an “Associate Living Master” awarded by the Art Renewal Center (USA), is included in the list of Top 40 International Masters of Pastel by the French publisher “Pratique des Arts,” and has been elected Full Member of the UK National Society of Graphic Fine Art.
Svetlana’s painting method is based on the traditional Flemish technique. Work begins with a detailed drawing and a monochrome (grisaille) underpainting, followed by multiple layers of opaque over-painting and rich transparent color glazes. This traditional approach, rarely practiced by artists today due to its complexity and time-consuming nature, allows the artist to create depth and luminosity of color and level of fine detail which is not possible to achieve by using modern direct painting methods.
For portrait drawings, Svetlana Cameron has developed her own award-winning “three-color” technique which received accolades in international competitions in Great Britain, USA and Russia. Svetlana’s method relies on the use of the French drawing medium Conte-a-Paris in only three colors – black, red, and white – which are skillfully mixed and blended on toned paper to achieve a full range of delicate lifelike skin tones.
A sought-after portrait painter, Svetlana Cameron undertakes a limited number of portrait commissions every year, working directly with her sitters. She is based in the Isle of Man (British Isles) where she works out of her studio in Braddan. She regularly travels across the UK and internationally to exhibit and meet her sitters.
Svetlana’s works hang in numerous private collections. Her portraits of the Speakers of the Isle of Man Parliament are included in the UK National Collection of Oil Paintings and are featured on ART UK.
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