D-Day veteran portrait for Royal Collection
In 2015 Jonathan Yeo was asked to paint a portrait of D-Day veteran Geoffrey Pattinson as one of twelve portraits commissioned by HRH The Prince of Wales to pay tribute to some of the extraordinary men that played a role in the Allied invasion of Normandy on 6 June 1944. Featuring in the group exhibition 'Last of the Tide', it was unveiled at the The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace, and has gone on to show at The Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, and most recently the Black Watch Castle and Museum, at Perth in Scotland, where it will be on display until 6th November 2016. Jonathan said of his experience of painting Geoffrey:
“Painting someone who candidly describes the first time they set foot on foreign soil as the first time they jumped out of a moving aircraft and parachuted down through flying bullets, to land in Normandy for D-Day, makes Geoffrey one of the more extraordinary sitters I’ve encountered in my time as a portrait artist."
In 2012 he was commissioned by the Queen to draw the British naturalist Sir David Attenborough.