My painting style is contemporary expressionism - I like to see the strokes and texture. I will accentuate colour and leave some of the under painting to show through.
Prices start from £65 and I can sort out framing for you as an option. I would take 50% up front and the rest on delivery of the painting. If I don’t feel I can work with the photo you have provided, I will let you know and I won’t take any payment. Please note it will take time to dry.
As well as portraits I enjoy painting animals, figures and landscapes. Please look back on my social pages to see some examples.
Thanks for reading this far and please let me know if you’d like to discuss a painting that you have in mind. :)
The reference image for a portrait or animal commission is extremely important, because I rely on it for anatomical details, likeness, lighting and composition.
If I 'see' it, I will paint it. If I don't, no amount of struggle will help to arrive at a satisfying result.
I may make a few artistic deviations from the image for the sake of a stronger painting, but I can't create a lifelike truthful and expressive painting working from an inferior photograph.
What I am looking for in a photo reference:
- A portrait shot with very clear and sharp view of the facial features.
- Have a clear view of the eyes, ideally both or at least one eye in the light (creates depth and luminescence).
- Not an action shot. Working with blurry images is impossible.
- The face should be at least partially lit up. If it's all in the shade, it takes away from the visual interest.