I work to achieve a natural likeness, and to capture something essential of a person’s spirit and stance toward life. It’s a bonus for me when the subject is engaged in the process. It’s my job to knit it all together, but I welcome ideas about location, dress, hair, and things like attitude and atmosphere.
Supports: I prefer to use either linen or polyester for commissioned portraits. Linen is traditional and has a characteristic natural look. Polyester is sturdier and will likely fare better in humid environments. It has an even texture, which works well for portraits.
Medium: I use professional quality oil colors with excellent lightfastness.
Process: Good communication is essential from the start. It’s important to understand the client’s, and usually the subject’s ideas about what the portrait means to them. Once everyone is comfortably on the same page, a photo session follows. This can be very casual or quite formal, depending on the situation. I then review the material and decide if I have what I need. A portrait can typically take anywhere between one to six months to complete depending on urgency, complexity and scope of the project.
Cost: Cost varies depending on size, complexity and urgency of the project. I welcome inquiries and enjoy discussing the possibilities.