She would have been VERY VERY scary - another super portrait

Oh, the criminal underworld Heather. That ‘wild beast’ appearance.

From life Michael? Where do you find these nasty looking ladies? Absolutely love her name and it really is a fabulous portrait!

Thanks Louise. My past world was a rather nasty place at times. It sometimes wakes me up at night. PTS perhaps? Your world is a much nicer, brighter, happier place to be. Your work is lovely.

A great trio of work Michael, very expressive and I love the back stories.

Just brilliant, Michael!!

You always interpret, strong, characterful portraits with very powerful narratives Michael. It’s much more difficult to achieve this, rather than painting bland, pretty, portraits. I appreciate your great skill and display of life experience Michael.

Thanks Thalia and Carole. You give more than I deserve Carole.

I’ve spent a few years in your other world Michael and I know exactly where your inspiration comes from. It’s ugly! I like what you are doing with oils, they suit your subject and your style very much.....don’t forget to ventilate your studio! Lol

Thanks Fiona. I think you’re right. Oil does suit me and my style - quick and rough.

You are brilliant at expressions, love this 😁

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Portrait of Harry Blackbarry's sister, Lola Finola, who, clandestinely, provided privileged information to me behind Penshaw Monument. Oil on canvas.

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Michael Mcmanus

I was born in 1946. In the 1960s and part of the 70s I was an airman in the Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm. I joined Durham Constabulary in 1971. In 1999 I retired from policing and began teaching sociology and criminology at Durham University with emphasis on policing and researching crime. I've just…

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