The first meeting with the client is to determine the scope, size,
location where the portrait will hang, and all the variables that
will help the artist use his imagination to fully present the subject
in a creative manner. Oftentimes, the first meeting is the time
for a photography session and possible sketches.
Normally, about one hour is required to photograph the subject in
a variety of poses and lighting combinations. This can be done on
location or in the artist studio.
On occasions, the artist will do an oil-on-canvas head/shoulders
study of the subject for color information and to familiarize himself
with facial subtleties. About an hour and a half is required.
The artist will complete a small oil-on-canvas study using all the
photos and sketches available. The study determines color harmony
and design and is the blueprint for the final portrait. The study
is presented to the client with suggested photographs of face and
hands to be used as definitive reference materials. There will be
no surprises throughout the entire procedure of what
will be the final outcome.
This is the culmination of photos, sketches, and imagination to
create the finished product. Once the painting process begins, the
artist likes to keep the freshness and motif of subject and setting
in mind throughout. Although most portraits are done from photographs,
he encourages live sittings when possible.
The value of having the frame on the painting in progress is immeasurable
and the artist considers this part of the painting process. He will
work with the client on selecting a suitable frame.
This is optional with the client/subject but is sometimes helpful
if the artist feels more time in front of the sitter is necessary.
Generally, less than two hours is sufficient for a touchup.
Portrait fees begin at $15,000. Contact the artist for details