The Press

Times Educational Supplement – David Phillips, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, having his portrait painted.

Leicester Mercury – “Sir Alec Jeffreys was delighted Tess Barnes painted his portrait.”

Barclays Wealth Smart Woman – “Tess Barnes is a force of nature, a lively extrovert
with blonde-pink hair and a beaming smile”.

Pilot film – Tess painting Sir Mark Walport, the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser.

Artists & Illustrators magazine – “Barnes achieves a translucent glow, making her subjects appear warm and inviting.”

Oxford Times – Pick of the week – “A superb portrait of Baroness Valerie Amos, the former Leader of the House of Lords, whom she has painted against a swirling mass of colours.”

SW Magazine – “A stunning drawing of her eldest daughter Emma sits on an easel.”

Oxford University website – “I think this is a great opportunity to raise the profile of women who have broken through the glass ceiling.” Prof Dame Kay E Davies

Telegraph Magazine – “We spent an hour together every couple of weeks. It was like therapy.” Shami Chakrarbarti

Oxford Mail – “I love the way Tess captures the warmth and intelligence of her subjects, finding their humanity when so many others only see the successful, slightly scary exterior.” Sophie Grigson

Canary Wharf Magazine – “Her warm and intimate works probe beneath the public exteriors of such figures as Zandra Rhodes and Carol Vorderman.”

Observer Woman Magazine – “I met her (Tess) out of curiosity and then she blew me away with her personality. I felt a bit unsure of having a painting of myself but it was my husband's idea.” Shami Chakrarbarti

Daily Express – “'Isn't it great!' shrieked the 49 year old Aussie.”

Evening Standard, Londoners' Diary – “Shami was one of 50 Women of Substance painted by artists Tess Barnes.”

ES Magazine – “Former MI5 chief Dame Stella Rimington and author Jacqueline Wilson sized up their new portraits.”

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British Satellite TV News – “I adapted to fit in with their incredibly busy lives.”
Tess Barnes


“The fantastic funds that Tess has raised through her beautiful book and amazing exhibition 'Women of Substance' go to ensuring that Breast Cancer Haven continues to deliver an outstanding free specialist service.” Julie Harrington, Breast Cancer Haven