Paul Ostrer is a Brighton-based painter. His segue into painting is interesting to me as he spent the majority of his working career as a commercial photographer — before his creative change of direction. His realistic paintings are arresting and provocative; self portraits exploring identity — often in humorous ways.
"I started painting 10 years ago. I just woke up one day and felt I needed to paint. I'm colourblind and when I went to buy supplies I asked the assistant what colour oils I needed for painting people. She said burnt sienna. And that was it."
You can see his Paul's work here: www.paulostrer.co.uk