Francesca Hayward, Principcal Dancer at the Royal Ballet

Francesca Hayward, Principcal at the Royal Ballet by Vanessa Garwood

Francesca Hayward, Principcal Dancer at the Royal Ballet
by Vanessa Garwood
© Vanessa Garwood

Vanessa Garwood studied at the Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence as well as studying with the South African sculptor, Dylan Lewis. Garwood’s work has been seen in group and solo exhibitions in London and was previously selected for the BP Portrait Award in 2006.

The portrait is of the dancer Francesca Hayward, whom Garwood approached to sit for her. As a young person, Garwood studied ballet until she sustained an injury. She thought that many of the qualities of dance, such as creating a line, expressing personality and emotion, equated with painting. Garwood says: ‘When I saw Francesca in a performance I thought she had the combination of softness and strength that make for an interesting model and painting.’

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