Dialogic Portraits is a form that evolves in series. It generates a portraiture which recognises the labour and experience of the sitter as well as that of the artist, thinking together in the context of the painting that emerges from the sitting. Watercolour portraits undermine romantic conventions of unique (and gendered) artistic authority. If a ‘real’ artist is identified through mastery, the medium of watercolour makes such mastery uncertain, reinforced by its associations with amateurism. Each portrait is a document of time spent together and each sitting involves talking and silences. Audio, written and video recordings are made, and each series results in different types of production in addition to the performative experience of witness/sitter and witness/painter working together.