"Portraiture is a subject I have returned to throughout my career. I prefer informal poses, perhaps engaged in a favourite activity, which for me helps to capture a person's essence. When the subject of a painting feels they have been portrayed as they see themselves, and as others see them, it's one of my greatest satisfactions as an artist.

"As my portraits are infrequent, I find it a wonderful test of muscle memory in mixing the tones for different skin colours."

Oil painting, commission, family hiking along path through hillscape. Joanna Poulson, visual artist.

CHE2019 Oil on canvas 81.5x61cm, 2021

Oil painting 'Nick', man with sandy hair and flannel shirt against vivid blue sky. Informal portrait

Nick Oil on canvas 50x50cm, 2014

Oil painting, portrait of Barb, informal smiling portrait of woman with dark hair by Joanna Poulson

Barb Oil on canvas 50x50cm, 2013

Oil painting, small child with brown hair, portrait by Joanna Poulson

Oxley Oil on canvas 40x40cm, 2013

Oil painting, casual portrait of man in blue t-shirt holding darts and leaning in front of dartboard

MB Oil on canvas 45x45cm, 2012 Awarded First Prize, Grace Emily Portrait Prize

Oil painting, portrait of Bek, a woman with windswept brown hair, smiling, by Joanna Poulson

Beautiful Bek Oil on canvas 45x45cm, 2010

Oil painting, informal portrait of Tom, a man with short beard and dark glasses on colourful backgro

Tom Oil on canvas 45x45cm, 2009

Oil painting, self-portrait, artist at work in painting smock with palette, looking down at canvas.

In my element Oil on canvas 122x91cm, 2008

Oil painting, informal portrait, cheeky man in red hat holding red shoes on vivid blue background. J

Accessories for the Charming Oil on canvas 71x91cm, 2007 Awarded First Prize, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show