Tess Barnes, acclaimed portrait artist, is the latest business to become a Certified Women Business Enterprise (WBE).
Amongst her notable achievements is her book Women of Substance, which features 50 portraits of some of the most successful and inspirational women of our times. From well-known faces such as Carol Vorderman and Maureen Lipman, influential media personalities such as Lynne Franks and Jenni Murray, to campaigning voices Shami Chakrabarti and Camila Batmanghelidjh, politicians, businesswomen, authors and sportswomen alike all gave their time to sit for Tess to be a part of a unique collection.
Her solo exhibition of the 50 portraits ‘Women of Substance’ was sponsored by First Direct. It was launched at the Mall Galleries, London, in February 2008 and was followed by a national tour. In 2008/9 the portraits were displayed at the WEB conference held at the Barbican, sponsored by Deutsche Bank.