Commissioning a portrait from me yields more than a hand-painted oil painting that hangs on your walls. It’s a doorway to a profound journey of self-discovery and connection.
When you embark on this venture, you initiate an odyssey to fathom the depths of your subject’s essence. It’s an artistic adventure, an attempt to distill a multi-dimensional life into a two-dimensional symbol using light, form, shape, and color. Should you choose a self-portrait, it beckons introspection: “How do you perceive yourself?” “How do you wish to be seen by others?” “What legacy do you aspire to leave?” It’s a voyage of self-understanding, creating an artwork that resonates with your innermost truths, far beyond a decorative piece.
Conversely, when the subject is someone else, the portrait transcends gift-giving—it becomes an eloquent translation of your perception, a portrayal of your unique connection. It captures not just a face but a narrative that binds you both, an opportunity to voice what words alone cannot express.
A portrait isn’t just a painting; it’s a testament to your journey and your relationships—an expression of shared moments and profound meanings, meticulously painted stroke by stroke.
I take pride in overseeing every stage of my Bespoke Portrait Service: from the early consultation phase discussing the essence and character of the subject; the design and creative process; to ensuring the safe and secure delivery of the final product. It is essential to marry the time, attention and care that is imbued in each painting with a first class end-to-end experience for every client.
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Here are some answers to questions I’m asked about my services often.
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The cost of bespoke, hand-painted portrait depends on two things: material and time. Obviously, the larger the painting, the more time and material that goes into it. But a larger canvas doesn’t necessarily mean a more expensive painting. Things to take into account when coming up with an portrait idea are: the number of sitters in the painting, how much of the body is in the frame (i.e. shoulders up? or full body), how much detail is in the background, and of course, how large you would like the painting to be when completed.
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There are many factors that impact the answer to this question, for instance: source material (will I be working from a photo, from life or a combination of the two?); painting medium (I can use mediums in the oil paint to help speed up drying time); how complex the painting is. If there is a birthday or event that a painting is required for however, I would recommend a minimum of 3 months notice. Oil paint in it’s traditional state can take 6-12 months to dry, and should be dry for a year before varnishing.
Yes I do.
There is no greater challenge than painting ‘from life’ in the realm of portraiture and the labour of which often bears the most fruit. However, it can be timely and expensive to work from life and not everyone has the resources to support it.
Where I can I will always push towards at least a staged photoshoot to collect as many references as possible. But I will absolutely facilitate your needs should there be a particular photo you wish to be replicated in oil.
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I’ve created a whole blog post about the size of portraits with measurements and suggestions to help you make your decision.
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Framing is a separate art and skill in and of itself. I am building upon my knowledge and practice to be able to offer this to my patrons at no extra cost, however for the time being I am unable to do so and so you will need to arrange for your own framing.
I work with a specialist art courier service to package and deliver your painting safely. Delivery is a separate fee and will be estimated before the painting begins so that you have full knowledge before moving ahead. Where I can, I will personally deliver your painting, however this might not always be possible.
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