Jane Allison studied at Chelsea School of Art and at The Slade School of Fine Art and has painted  many distinguished members of the government, industry, commerce, medicine and the academic and legal professions. She has exhibited widely, including with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and , as a prizewinner, in the Bp Portrait Award and also has work in numerous private and public collections including the Queen’s collection at Windsor , the Royal College of Surgeons in both London and Edinburgh , the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Veterinary surgeons , The Royal Institute, the Royal Society of Medicine, the University of Surrey and several regiments and public schools.

Working as an independent artist with no agency fees or other commission paid to middlemen Jane has been able to keep prices as affordable as possible.

Jane usually works in oil on canvas or in pastel , which is a slightly cheaper option.
Sittings can take place either in the sitter’s own home or workplace or in Jane’s studio in Guildford and she feels it is important for these to be as informal and relaxed as possible - there is no requirement for the sitter to sit completely still ! However , if the sitter prefers, Jane is also happy to work from photographs and recognises that there are situations , for example with babies and small children, animals and , of course, posthumous portraits where this is the only option.

As every sitter and every situation is unique, the way I work varies. Some people will come to my studio in Guildford for up to seven sittings , each lasting an hour and a half. Some I paint in their own home or workplace. Others I paint partially or even entirely from photographs.

It all depends on what the sitter feels most comfortable with and- especially in the case of children - how long they’re prepared to sit fairly still ! However, I rarely require sitters to be totally still and often like us to talk as it gives me a better insight as to how they should be portrayed.

I usually start a portrait with an initial visit during which I discuss how sitters would prefer to
see themselves, details of background (including favourite possessions), what they should wear and so on.

I work in oil, watercour, paste and pencil or ink and my portraits range in size from the very tiny to 9x6 foot canvases.

Posthumous portraits can als be undertaken