For smaller portraits (head or head and shoulders without background composition), it is possible to use amateur photos of good quality, but professional photos are better, if possible.

For portrait composition I prefer to come to the client's location and take the photos which I feel would contribute to the most attractive painting. At first we will be taking Digital photos to create a general idea of composition, pose and lighting. From these reference photos, we will decide together on the look of the final painting. Once this is decided, we will take quality photos of this composition and photos of every important detail as reference for the painting.

For larger group portraits, or portraits with complex composition, a small study in charcoal will be presented to you for approval before painting commences.

The final portrait is then undertaken, painted in oil on linen canvas. Only the best quality art materials are used for the painting. Generally, portrait paintings are completed within 1-3 months, depending on size. Upon request, framing recommendations can be given.

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