The commission process is very simple and will be a relaxed and enjoyable process. My aim is to produce a painting that represents the sitter in a fitting manner and which brings pleasure to those who commissioned it.
For academic portrait paintings I like to meet the sitter for an informal preliminary discussion on what is required. You will need to consider the function, spirit, and mood of the portrait, as well as its size and the position it will hang. This will help us decide the outfit for the sitter, the location, and the price of the portrait painting.
Unlike most portrait artists I require just one sitting either at my art studio or on location for approximately 2 hours. During this time, I will take reference photographs and create preliminary sketches and drawings. I then produce a study in oil on canvas for approval and will meet with you again to make any minor adjustments and decide upon the final portrait composition.
Work will then begin on your final portrait painting, which can take from 3 to 12 months to create. Alla Prima paintings, Charcoal, and Bistre underpaintings do not require the complete process above and typically take a much shorter period to create. If you would like to discuss commissioning a painting with me, please get in contact.