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A portrait is a celebration, of love, of life, or of achievement. Nobody is too unimportant or ordinary to be celebrated,  for we are all valued by those who care for us. To own a portrait is not to be vain, but to acknowledge that the subject matters to those who care for them, whether in a family context or in business

Any portrait is a dialogue between artist and sitter, a true collaboration, so each of us lay out our ideas and develop a concept together. At this point we discuss costume, setting, possible background  and props to include, pose and lighting. A photographic shoot then gives us a chance to play with options, try different approaches and narrow our focus to to the concept that is immerging as strongest

 In the case with today's hectic schedules, or where travel is involved and a long stay is not practical, I am going to be working entirely from my photographs. I will take these back to the studio and make a small compositional study or sketch for the clients approval. I sometimes offer a choice of two concepts in sketch form, if more than one possibility suggests itself.  Any major changes to the composition can be made at this point. Once the sketch is agreed, both client and artist know where the picture is going and there should be no surprises at the end.

When the portrait feels complete an image is sent to the client for input and approval. At this point any final small adjustments can be made and the painting can be finished and shipped.
No portrait is complete until both client and artist are completely happy. I guarantee my work. Nobody receives a portrait they are not thrilled with.


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