Portraiture is one of my first love as far as my art career goes. I started doing sketches of my friends and family when I was thirteen, and I guess I never really stopped.
If you would like to commission a portrait please contact me with a detailed description of what you would like, as well as if you have a time frame or budget you are working with. I can work from life, photograph or a combination of the two. Below are a few examples of portraits I’ve done.
This is a portrait of my younger brother, MacGyver. I had him sit for me while I did the initial sketch in coloured pencils on the maple plywood. I then took the painting home and finished it by first protecting the pencil drawings with a clear matte finish, painting over it with oil paints and finally sanding it down gently. I have done two portraits in this manner and find that I really enjoy the process.
This is a double portrait of twin girls done entirely from a photograph. I changed the color and simplified the image in order to accentuate the lovely shape of their hair and the mirrored quality of their figures. The painting is approx. 3′x2′ on fur plywood and I applied much of the paint using liberal amounts of oil painting medium in order to accomplish the transparent quality I wanted for this piece.
This is a portrait I did of my friend, Rosa, from a small sketch I did of her on the sly during our studio class at Cornish. The painting is approximately 4″x5″ and was done using a more opaque application technique than that of the portraits above.
This little doggie portrait was done on commission from a photo. I painted it on a fantastic piece of scrap wood that was left over from one of my husband’s projects.