Commissioning a Painting
Portrait commissions are one of the
things I most enjoy doing. It is always fascinating to
spend time with a portrait sitter and try to capture in
paint, in what may need to be a very short time, some
essence of their personality.
Despite often using photography for reference I much
prefer to paint from life as I do for my self-portraits.
The animation of the sitter, the constant minute facial
movements and changes in expression are nuances
impossible to capture in single image photography, but play
a large part in the success of a good painted portrait.
I have exhibited portraits at the BP Portrait
Award at the National Portrait Gallery and with the Royal
Society of Portrait Painters at their annual exhibition in
London. I also have a portrait in the collection of Tom
Phillips RA. an Honourary member of the Royal Society
of Portrait Painters, and in private collections as far
apart as Japan, France and the USA
Commissioning a portrait can be quite
daunting. It is important to think through carefully
what you, the sitter, want or expect from the experience
and to discuss this thoroughly with the artist. I often find
it useful to meet the subject first and get to know them
and their ideas a lttle before work starts in the studio or
in the person's home.
Portrait commissions can be executed
here in my studio in this beautiful part of the south of
France or I can travel to you. If you would like to discuss
the possibility of commissioning a painting please email me or telephone me on +33 490127940.