Women of Substance
50 Portraits of high profile women of our times

By Tess Barnes

Tess Barnes, acclaimed portrait artist, has produced this stunning book, which features 50 portraits of some of the most successful and inspirational women of our times.

From well-known faces such as Carol Vorderman and Maureen Lipman, influential media personalities such as Lynne Franks and Jenni Murray, to campaigning voices Shami Chakrabarti and Camila Batmanghelidjh, politicians, businesswomen, authors and sportswomen alike all gave their time to sit for Tess to be a part of a unique collection.

The BookWith her distinctive style defined by colour and non-conventional backgrounds illustrating her sitters’ passions and personal lives, Tess’s portraits are engaging and accomplished. The reader really gains an insight into these powerful and important characters as each portrait also carries a short biography of their achievements and a revealing set of answers to questions posed by writer and fellow sitter Kathy Lette.

To one of these questions, “What is the biggest obstacle that you have faced?” Stella Rimington (former M15 chief) answered “Men!” and Fiona Phillips (from GMTV) revealed “Self-consciousness – although you wouldn’t believe it”.

There is an illuminating foreword where Tess explains her journey before and during the painting of these 50 portraits. One page is devoted to comments from some of Tess’s sitters on their experiences of having their portrait painted, and there is an article by art critic, Sarah Kent, entitled ‘Being painted’.

Tess’s ability to understand the real women behind the achievements is a tour de force, and her campaigning drive for a 50/50 representation of women in the workplace, and an equal salary structure is another inspiration behind the publication.

As a documentation of women’s achievements in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, this charming book stands alone. 30% of each sale will go to the charity Breast Cancer Haven, which provides a free programme of care specifically designed to complement and enhance conventional breast cancer treatment.

The Book

£10 - 30% of each sale will go to the charity Breast Cancer Haven

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