I loved painting this portrait. I had known Eileen for about 7 years when I painted her. She had been coming to the Tatsfield Art Group and I had been tutoring her for that time. I loved her wise face and colouring. She was incredibly feisty - she had many stories to tell so painting someone like her is always fascinating. I was entering the BP portrait award competition so I had asked Eileen if she could sit for me and I did not realise that she would pass away soon after the painting was finished so her family now have the painting.