Portraits and Commissions
I’ve thought a lot about what it is that makes me want to paint portraits, especially of people. I think that having been a psychologist I feel drawn to try and and capture something of the experiences that the sitter has encountered during their life times. I guess this is why painting adults is easier than painting children because the adults have experiences written all over their faces whereas kids usually do not. I find that capturing the “essence” of that individual is what it is all about for me. I can’t rest till I think I’ve “got it”. It can feel like both an inspiring and exhausting exercise all at the same time.
If you want a commission I will send you details of how I work from taking photographs all the way to approval stage etc. Just contact me and I will explain how I work. I look forward to hearing from you!
Here are some examples:
This is a safari guide in Africa who lives to be able to show “his” wilderness to tourists in the hope that they will love what they see as much as he does. I painted him in two different styles. Which do you prefer?
Here are two elderly people who have lived hard lives. One in Bulgaria and one in India. Their life experiences are written all over their faces and they were a joy to paint.
In a perfect world I would always paint from life. Unfortunately because people are so busy I often end up painting from photographs. My preference is to take my own photos whenever possible. I know what a “good” portrait photograph needs to be like and as a result they enable me to get a great likeness and to select the exact composition that I want.
I honestly believe that my psychology background helps me to identify that “something” special that everyone has within them. It’s a challenge but I try very hard to capture that “something” in my paintings.
Have a look at some more examples of my work and see what you think. I love the way this sitter looks off to the left of the picture frame. Makes you wonder what she was thinking?
Or how about this sitter. Is he frowning because of the bright sunlight or about what he’s thinking? I know but I can’t say – the artist/sitters secret…..
Is this sitter sad or sleepy. I don’t know but I lie to imagine………
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