After an initial discussion about who or what you would like me to paint, we will talk about your requirements regarding the size, composition, and feel of the work; formal or informal, intimate or enigmatic, for example.
When I paint a person I aim for a likeness that’s both psychologically real and physically representative. I spend some time with my subjects to get to know them and to photograph them. I feel the camera allows us to access moments that aren’t always visible to our consciousness – fleeting expressions that we feel but that are quickly replaced are intangible without the camera. I produce sketches from the photographs which inform the final portrait.
I work from life too but I usually find painting a more absorbing and meditative process if I work alone, and I believe it helps me to achieve my best work. With children especially, it seems fairer not to make them sit still for hours and to make them as comfortable as possible I like to meet them with their parents, in their own home, if possible.
I hope this helps clarify the process, but should you have any other questions, please do contact me.