I look for the emotions of the sitter, what Italian masters called "monti mentali" or motions of the mind. A successful portrait captures the essence of a person in a way that goes further than one moment to embrace the many moments and expressions of a lifetime. It is a tribute to the whole of a life and character.
Planning your commission
My process starts with interviewing the subject to get acquainted. During this interview we make choices regarding medium, size, pose, composition, clothing, etc. Finally we set up a schedule of sittings from life and/or for taking photographs. To complete the portrait in a timely fashion, I allow approximately one to six months for oil and one to two months for drawings.
Life Size Oil Portraits
50% of the total cost is due upon signing the contract.
Head and Shoulders 24"x 20" $2,000
Three - Quarter Length 36"x 30" $3,000
Full - Length 60"x 36" $5,000
Smaller Sizes and Children's Portraits are available at lower rates.
Pencil, Pen & Ink, or Charcoal Portraits are available a lower rates.