My father was an amateur painter, so I borrowed his oil paints from the age of 13, he was my greatest influence with his love of the Impressionists and then I discovered Vermeer and Vuillard through my art school-teacher Bernard Dunstan RA. I studied at the Byam Shaw School of Painting in London from 1960 – 64 and was elected a member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters. I was Vice President of The RP from 2002 to 2008.

Portrait painting is thrilling and totally absorbing but I do find listening and chatting an important part of the process. I particularly like painting my sitters in a setting, be it a lamplit interior, outside with a dog or whatever captures them. I love painting portraits but it was as a landscape painter that I received my first award and my one man shows often feature paintings of interiors.



20 x 16 inches £6,500
24 x 20 inches £8,000
30 x 25 inches £10,000
36 x 28 inches £12,000
40 x 30 inches £14,000
50 x 40 inches £17,000
60 x 40 inches £20,500

This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Travel & accommodation expenses included.
Framing cost is separate.

For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.


Three sittings of three hours is plenty for the average sitter and I only need a couple of sittings with lots of breaks for the head of a child and am very happy to travel to my sitters –  especially as I often like to paint them in their settings. I enjoy painting groups and love dogs so am happy to include one dog for free. I am not currently registered for VAT.


  • H M Queen Elizabeth II
  • Diana Princess of Wales for the then Prince of Wales
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Rory Stewart
  • Max Hastings
  • Sir Richard and Lady Evans for Wolfson College Cambridge

  • Sir Michael Scholar, President, St John’s College Oxford
  • Sir Eric Ash, Imperial College
  • Sir Malcolm Gillies, City University
  • Professor Gregory, Goldsmtihs
  • Lord Porter OM
  • Lord Dillon
  • Robert Erith, High Sherrif of Essex
  • Richard Morgan, Headmaster of Radley
  • Nicola Paget, Actress
  • The Rigby Family
  • The Lyon Family
  • The Carr Ellison Family
  • The Jeffcock Family
  • The Deacon Family
  • Dame Angela McClean DBE FRS
  • Mary Breem, Headmistress of St Mary’s Ascot


Susan Ryder Solo Shows:

  • 2020 Panter & Hall
  • 2016 Panter & Hall
  • 2013 Panter & Hall
  • 2010 Ackerman Modern, Antarctica to China
  • 2009 Ackerman Modern, Interiors and Portraits
  • 2004 Oakham Gallery
  • 1999, 1995, 1990 W H Patterson

Mixed Exhibitions

  • Manya Igel
  • New English Art Club
  • Royal Academy
  • Sarah Samuels
  • Geedon
  • Brian Sinfield
  • Chris Beetles
  • Panter & Hall

Commission a portrait by Susan Ryder RP NEAC