With some regularity, there’s talk of the portrait being “in” and trendy — or being “out” and blasé. The fact is portraiture is one of the oldest and most vital forms of artistic expression. Its value has withstood the test of time.
From the art of ancient civilizations through the Mona Lisa and Dutch masters to Francis Bacon and Diane Arbus—and any number of contemporary artists like myself—the desire to capture the intimate details of one individual, in one specific moment of time, is both commonplace and extraordinary. It spans mediums, fashions, and time.
Portraiture is one of the core passions of my work and is a form that my career is built around.
Meeting someone, getting to know them, studying them, and using my technique and approach to capture, I hope, something innately important about them—their essence, as it were—is something I deeply love to do.
If you, or someone you know, might be ready to share this experience with me, and—at its culmination—have a portrait that will become a testimonial of their life, then I’d love to hear from you. A professional oil portrait is an intimate objet d’art of priceless spiritual value that can become a family touchstone.
STILL LIFE COMMISSIONS
I’m also available for still life commissions. Any subject is doable, but I must say that one of my specialties is oysters. A niche market indeed.
Here’s a brief description of my process:
• We’ll set up an initial consultation and talk about composition details, price, and a schedule. • A photo shoot in your home—or other location of your choosing—will be held. I always like to schedule a backup shoot just in case, since the photo will be the foundation on which the oil painting will be crafted. • After editing images, I’ll forward to you two selections for consideration. • I’ll have a full-size print made of the one you’ve chosen and we’ll review it together. Once we’re in agreement about details, I will begin working on the painting. Depending on scheduling it will take me between 6 to 18 months to complete.
Some of the more mundane things to be aware of:
• If the portrait is of more than one person, please add 50% of the quoted price per figure. • The quote is for my painting work only. Travel, meals, insurance, taxes, framing, packing, crating, and shipping are not included. • A 30% deposit is required to begin a portrait commission, then 30% upon approval to start painting. Balance due upon completion. • A signed contract and photo release are also required.
Feel free to contact me at 845-233-0082 or via email to discuss what type of commission you are looking for. If you're not ready, no problem. Sign-up for my newsletter so we can stay in touch.
Peace, Commissioned by the Crosby Family, Osterville, MA