painting in oil

Portraits

The Storyteller, oil portrait on linen

The Storyteller

The Storyteller, detail, portrait on linen by Julia Rooney

The Storyteller, detail

Elena, oil portrait on linen by Julia Rooney

Elena

Elena, face detail

Elena, face detail

Elena, dog detail, oil portrait on linen

Elena, dog detail

Lilies, oil portrait on linen

Lilies

Lilies, face detail, oil portrait on linen

Lilies, face detail

Lilies, flower detail, oil portrait on linen

Lilies, flower detail

Nick in the garden, oil portrait on linen

Nick in the garden

Nick in the garden, detail,  oil portrait on linen

Nick in the garden, detail

Stephanie, oil portrait on linen

Stephanie

Stephanie,detail, oil portrait on poly

Stephanie,detail

Mic at Puako, oil portrait on linen

Mic at Puako

Mic at Puako, detail, oil portrait on linen

Mic at Puako, detail

The Emerging Artist, oil portrait on linen

The Emerging Artist

The Emerging Artist, detail, oil portrait on linen

The Emerging Artist, detail

Tim, oil portrait on poly

Tim

Tim, detail, oil portrait on poly

Tim, detail

Elana, oil portrait on linen

Elana

Elana, detail, oil portrait on poly

Elana, detail

Woman at the Shore, oil portrait on canvas

Woman at the Shore

Woman at the Shore, detail, oil portrait on canvas

Woman at the Shore, detail

 

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.