In the late summer of 2017, model, singer and DJ Iraina Mancini came to me for a portrait sitting at my home in Hampstead. Iraina has this incredible 60's look about her. She almost looks like she was born in the wrong era. I have known Iraina for quite a few years and I have wanted to paint her portrait for a long time. This is part of my ongoing human portrait series featuring interesting characters in and around London. This ongoing portrait painting project that I am working on means that I am constantly on the lookout for interesting people to paint. I love Iraina's features, she has a tiny button nose, plush lips, and big shiny eyes. In this portrait, I wanted to really capture her beauty. She was in my garden at the time and there was this very green richness in the background which I drew out. To complement the green I pulled out the red in her lips and which then made her skin look very pale and translucent.