Stella Tooth

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Stella Tooth in Today studio painting study John Humphys

Stella’s art stems from curiosity about those with whom we share this global village, particularly the melting pot that is London. She now works out of her west London studio as an artist specialising in people, following a 20 year career as a journalist and senior news PR for BBC and Sky News. With a lifetime's passion for reportage, she tells the stories - often in words and picture - of the buskers, musicians and dancers that inspire her art, exploring themes of separation and connection. Fascinated in the interplay between illustration and fine art, she seeks to blur their boundaries.

Storytelling also lies at the heart of her portraiture, which she views as a collaboration. You trust her with your face, revealing something of who you are, so she can move beyond the photographic capture of a moment in time to portray your life lived up to this moment. Uniting her past and present careers, she’s currently working on a series of portraits of some of best known names in UK broadcast news including the BBC's John Humphrys and Kate Adie. She’s also a founding member of the Lots Road Group of portrait artists who met when studying at The Heatherley School of Fine Art - the oldest independent art school in London, after the Royal Academy, and among the few art colleges in Britain that focus on portraiture and figurative painting, illustration, printmaking and sculpture.