Painting the Flame

I was invited to paint portraits  of Welsh Olympians and Paralympians by Phil Cope, who has created a multi-media exhibition Following the Flame detailing the history of Wales and the Olympics. Painting the Flame has toured across Wales over the past year, from Venue Cymru, Llandudno to Y Llynfi, Maesteg; The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; The Old Library, Cardiff and Oriel Wrecsam.

I've painted eleven portraits in all: Tanni Grey Thompson, Bernice Hooper, Simon Richardson, David Morgan, Tom James, David Roberts, Dai Greene, Nathan Stephens, Nicola Tustain, Lynn Davies and Jamie Baulch.

Tom James 

Winner of Olympic Gold in Beijing 2008 and London 2012 

Lynn Davies

Captain of the British Olympic long jump team in 1964 in Tokyo, where he won gold.

Nicola Tustain

Para-equestrian dressage rider, World Champion and winner of individual, freestyle and team golds from the 2000 and 2004 Paralympic Games.

Jamie Baulch

Won silver medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in the 4x400 metres relay team, and gold in the 1997 World Championship.

Nathan Stephens

Represented Great Britain at both the Paralympic Winter Games in 2006 in Sled Hockey and the Paralympic Games in Beijing


Dai Greene

400 metre hurdler and captain of Team GB, London 2012

David Morgan

Weightlifter: current World Masters Champion and holder of five World Records

Tanni Grey-Thompson 

Eleven Paralympic Golds to her credit

Simon Richardson 

Cyclist who won two Golds in Beijing Paralympics

David Roberts 

Swimmer and eleven-times Parlympic Gold medal winner, equal with Tanni Grey-Thompson

Bernice Hooper 

Champion swimmer in the 1930s, whose Olympic ambitions were thwarted by the outbreak of World War Two