Shapiro Fine Art

Collection of traditional oil paintings by Fine Artist Derek Shapiro. All subjects with an emphasis on commissioned work.

Posts from the ‘Figurative’ category



Pastel on paper 15″ x 12″

This is a commissioned  pastel portrait of Oliver, who at the time was four years of age. I find pastel portraits of children particularly demanding for there are no characteristic features to latch onto and children are smooth and wrinkle free.



Portrait commissions invited.

An informal portrait painting of a business man relaxing at his home, whilst watching a racehorse he owns on television

‘John Forsythe Esq’ 

Oil on canvas 20 x 16 ins

This is an informal painting of John, a successful business man.

John’s wife Margaret came into the gallery and asked me if I would paint his portrait.

John, who is at the helm of a successful transport business and normally  wears a suit for work, decided that I paint him dressed informally,relaxing in his home, whilst watching television.

I worked from an initial sitting, made notes and took photographs for reference, as John chatted away about his climb from rags to riches.

Commissions welcome, any subject, please click here .

An Oil Painting Of A Woodsman Taking A Break

An oil painting of a Dutch Blue heavy horse and a woodsman taking a midday break.

‘The Woodsman’

Oil on canvas 12 x 16 ins

Scenes like this are seldom seen and I was extremely fortunate to find such a chance and put it to canvas. I came upon this scene while’st out walking at a place called Rodney’s Pillar. Rodney’s Pillar is set on a hilltop in Montgomeryshire about a mile from the boundary with Shropshire. The hilltop rises to 900 ft and at the top give spectacular 360 degree views across Shropshire, Cheshire and Wales. You can follow a path, open to the public, which takes you through woods on both sides and leads up to the hilltop.

There is also pheasant shooting during  the season and from October to January access is closed to the public on a shoot day. The woodsman in the painting was having a lunch break prior to which he had been working his blue roan, Dutch Draft mare, which was flattening bracken in the woods.

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Commissions Invited, any subject

Portrait commission of a huntswoman

 'A Huntswoman of the Cleveland Hunt' Rose Berry Topping in the background' An oil on canvas painting of a hunts woman on horse back at a hunt meet, set with in a landscape in Northumbria.

‘A Huntswoman of the Cleveland Hunt’ Rose Berry Topping in the background’ 


Oil on canvas 24 x 36 ins

Here a commissioned painting of a member of the Cleveland Hunt. Rose Berry Topping can be seen in the background.

Rose Berry Topping is an iconic hill situated on the edge of the North York Moors.

Commissions Invited, please click here

‘Rory McIlroy’

Oil on canvas portrait of the profesional golfer Rory McIlroy

‘ Rory McIlroy ‘

Oil on canvas 20 x 24 ins

This oil portrait painting of Rory McIlroy will give you an indication of the likeness I can achieve. It is a painting of Rory, well on the way to the peak of his golfing career. You see him here contemplating his second shot, after driving off on a par five hole and going on to win the 2014 US Open.

Commissions for portraits invited, please contact me here

‘Layla Dressing’

'Layla Dressing' Oil on canvas 24 x 30 ins Painting of Layla seated and getting dressed

‘Layla Dressing’

Oil on canvas 24 x 30 ins

As well as Still Life painting, nothing concentrates the mind more than working from the life model. This painting of Layla getting dressed was worked up from preparatory drawings and finished over a number of sittings.

Anybody interested in this painting can contact me at or just fill out the contact form here and I will get back to you.