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. I’m also available for oyster still life commissions.