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Introduction   I completed an intense, three year training in drawing and portraiture at the Charles Cecil atelier in Florence, Italy, and last year returned to England and set up a studio in Hertfordshire. I am now working on various commissions, while also entering competitions and exhibitions and pursuing my own creative ideas.
 
Education   2004 Stowe School  
2005 Oxford Brookes University  
2005-2008 Charles Cecil Studios, Florence
 
Awards   2008 - candidate for Bulldog Bursary with the Royal Society of Portrait painters  
2009 - Caron Keating Award for full set of works at the Society of Women Artists  
2010 - Sue Coombs Portraiture Award 2010, presented by HRH Princess Michael of Kent with SWA.  
2010 - NADFAS Award for outstanding work, presented locally in Bucks by the founding body
 
Selected Commissions   Halcyon Days - Royal Commemorative Box of Prince William and Catherine  
Angela Rippon  
Lt Dougie Dalzell MC  
E4 'Made in Chelsea' - Francis Boulle  
Tom Chilton
 
Group Exhibitions   2008 Buckinghamshire Art Society  
2008 Art for Youth, Mall Galleries  
2009 Bucks Open Studios  
2009-2013 SWA Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries  
2010 Buckinghamshire Art Society  
2013 Chelsea Arts Society, Chelsea Old Town Hall  
2013 Archer Gallery, Bethnal Green Road
 
Solo Exhibitions   2011 Solo Exhibition, Hollywood Rd Gallery
 
Artist's Statement   Good draftsmanship is very important in my work and I believe it is one of the skills that people are looking for when they commission or buy my drawings and paintings. I feel that I have an ability to capture a person’s expression and individuality, merging traditional techniques with a contemporary approach.
 
 

Statement      For a charcoal head and shoulders 2-4 sittings are required, depending on the level of finish desired. For a painted head and shoulders 5-7 sittings are required. A sitting lasts roughly three hours with regular breaks. This length of time for sittings is very important for capturing depth and the true character. I prefer to work from life as I feel this is the best way to capture a person’s true individual expression as it gives me time to get to know the sitter. However if it is not possible to work from life as in the case of small children then I am prepared to work from good quality photographs, however it is best if I meet the sitter in person as well. I generally work from my studio but I will travel and work on site provided there is enough natural light available. Many of my clients are surprised at how much they enjoy the sittings and how relaxed they are. I make it my priority to ensure the sitter is comfortable. To make sure they are completely happy with the pose I take a few initial photographs and discuss clothing etc. In general people enjoy the experience and discovering a little about painting!

 

Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 3000    $4649
Half LengthFrom £ 3500 $5423
3/4 LengthFrom £ 4750 $7360
Full LengthFrom £ 8000 $12396
Double PortraitFrom £ 13000 $20144
 
 
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
'In a new series, artists reveal the work that transformed their career, personal life or love of art. This month Caroline de Peyrecave on her posthumous portrait of Lieutenant Dougie Dalzell MC  
 
Dougie Dalzell served as a lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards. On 18 February 2010, his 27th birthday, Dougie lost his life whilst commanding 2 Platoon in 1 Company, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards during Operation Moshtarak in Afghanistan. This portrait was commissioned by the Coldstream Guards and now hangs in their Officers’ Mess in Windsor.  
 
When I was asked by the Coldstream Guards to paint a portrait posthumously of LT Dougie Dazell MC I was at first very hesitant as I immediately saw all the difficult aspects in my mind at once.  
 
I had to work from a collection of photos (which isn’t my favourite scenario), of a man I had never met, plus there was huge pressure to get it right – the painting was to hang in the Coldstream Guards Officers’ Mess amongst a collection of old, well-regarded portraits…my work might be there for hundreds of years and become part of history…  
 
Despite my worries, I accepted the commission and found myself painting a portrait of a man who was killed, so tragically on his 27th birthday. This became the biggest challenge I have faced professionally.' Art of England August 2013  
 
 
AN ARTIST from Chesham Bois has helped to create a piece of history after drawing a picture of Prince William and Kate Middleton for a limited edition commemorative box.  
 
Caroline de Peyrecave, 24, originally from Clifton Road before moving to London, was commissioned by Halcyon Days to draw the Royal couple in charcoal to go on the 350 boxes costing £495.  
 
She said: "I was absolutely thrilled to be asked. I've never done anything like this before, it was very exciting. I'm very, very pleased with the outcome, I think it's beautiful. It's very overwhelming to think I've helped make a piece of history." Bucks Examiner  
 
"the highlight of the demonstrations will be new member Caroline De Peyrecave painting the society's president on 8th July. A talented portrait painter, Caroline is becoming well known for stunning images such as the one featured above and is today being presented with the Sue Combe Portraiture Award by the society's patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, at the exhibition's private view." Londonist