Commission A Portrait
Your Portrait I conduct my portrait commission work with dignity and integrity and direct that toward you, my customer. My procedure is one that welcomes and engages you from beginning to end. Your overall experience of the creation of the portrait is as important to me as the end result. It is a journey we travel together, one that I hope will not only lead us to the goal we share, but will enhance the memorable process along the way.
Our First Meeting We have an initial meeting to discuss the details of the commission, sign the agreement and schedule the first sitting. Often this meeting is held at my new client’s home or business. This provides an opportunity for me to view the subject’s environment, as well as the proposed or selected location where the portrait will hang. From this initial meeting, I get ideas for how to develop the design of the composition and colors in the painting. As I consider a theme for the composition, I take into account the thoughts and ideas that were shared in collaboration, and begin to visually construct a format, which prepares me for the start of the preliminary studies in pencil or charcoal, and oil. These preparatory sketches enable me to finalize the composition before beginning the portrait.
After we have reviewed the preliminary work, the final composition is set and your oil portrait is begun. The portrait will be painted on linen canvas, which I custom size and stretch in my studio.
Painting Your Portrait I sketch and paint from life, whenever possible, but I understand that the subject may not be able to commit the time required; therefore, I use our initial meetings to photograph the subject and use the photographs for reference in my painting. The length of time for completion, from the initial meeting with the subject until the delivery of the portrait, can range from three months to a year.COMMISSION MY PORTRAIT
Questions If you have any questions about commissioning a portrait, please contact me or visit my FAQ page. For a “behind the scene” look at creating a portrait, read my blog post Anatomy of an Oil Portrait.