Taking the step and ordering your portrait can be a nerve racking moment!
No worries it’s easy – here is all you need to know – just email me and ask any questions..
There’s an enquiry form at the foot of this page.
Portraits are amazing things and owning one is a lifelong relationship.
My paintings always try to capture the unique character of the person… so they are very much paintings of people.
I imagine you are considering a special picture for a very special reason, but are perhaps feeling a little unsure how it will all happen. Meeting and making art can be a lot of fun and interesting. I always like to get to know my people in order to create a special life in the work.
The first process is for us to meet and chat about what you would like and expect from your painting.
Sharing information about the type of work you would like is important, maybe something has inspired you, a moment in your life, your child’s development, a moment of self expression or a passion for real living art.
I normally make portraits using sittings and one of the 2 ways set out below but each portrait is as unique as you the subject – it is possible to work directly from photographs too. Both of these methods follow my particular technique which uses the subtle pallet of the earliest Renaissance painters, in particular Lippi, Massolini and Massaccio. This pallet set the colour range of great artists such as Botticelli and Michaelangelo.
Briefly I will touch on how this passion all came about.
Having studied at Camberwell School of Art my range was, in my early days, based around traditional English painters such as Freud and Uglow, fairly tonal with subtle hues. However, it wasn’t until visited Florence and the Brancacci Chapel, on the rave suggestion of Sarah (Raphael), that I had a chance to see real masterpieces in the flesh and work from them directly, in pastel and pencil for an entire week.
My pallet was not so much born but underwent an important clarification in the crucial importance of fresco grounds, warm cool tonal control.
Masaccio’s fresco at the Brancacci Chapel, Florence with several re-painted portraits by Phillipo Lippi.
It is from this classic spirit that I paint… I hope you will grow to adore what I do.
painted portrait by ‘Studies & Sitting’ with ‘Photography’ combined
Meeting, Chatting, Drawing – making the ‘studies’ and making you come alive on canvas
The first meeting can include arranging the drawing sitting where I make several studies over the course of an hour or so. These drawings create the life, feeling and moment of the final piece.
Photographic studies as reference to detail
Photography is an important way of capturing hues and facial detailing.
The final Painting in oils
The painting is made from the studies as a distilled piece.
Portrait by sittings
Traditional painted portrait
This process require you to sit for several sessions while the painting is made in ‘life’.
This can be thought of as the traditional method.
Clients include Micheal, Nicki and Shakira Caine, Sarah Raphael, Mark Burkhardt, Bernard Levy and many more.
If you are unsure of how you would like to do this please drop me a line and explore the various options.