Portraits work best when the sitter wears clothes which are true to their identity and that they feel comfortable in. It often helps to wear clothes that won’t date the painting.
To secure a first sitting and begin the portrait the artist requires 50% of the total commission fee (including expenses) up front. 25% of the total fee is invoiced after the portrait has been reviewed and approved by the client with the remaining 25% then due upon delivery of the final portrait. For larger commissions [...]
Yes, portraits are normally delivered with a protective layer of artists’ retouching varnish applied.
I don’t currently frame any paintings myself but I can oversee the framing process for clients, working with one of my preferred local framing partners. At any point during the commission process I can offer advice on how best to frame and hang your work in your home.
Where possible the artist prefers to paint at least some of the portrait from life, aided by his own photographs taken at sittings. However, the artist can work from supplied photographs when working from life isn’t possible such as posthumous portraits or paintings as a surprise gift. If you would like a quote for a [...]
The duration of a portrait painting is very much dependent on a number of factors including the size, composition, complexity of detail, approach (i.e. academic or alla prima) and availability of the sitter. Oil paintings can typically take 2 months to dry sufficiently before being safely shipped.
Gary prides himself on his ability to meet the needs of his clients and will always go the extra mile to help meet any deadlines you have. However, creating a bespoke portrait does take time and if a deadline is particularly tight then Gary will advise if the timescale is realistic. Please bear in mind [...]
Many people commission portraits as they simply would like a unique work of art for their home or collection. Portrait paintings can also be commissioned as a: Birthday Present Idea (especially for landmarks like 40th, 50th and 60th birthdays) Retirement Present Idea Wedding Present Idea Graduation Present Idea Anniversary Present Idea Posthumous Portrait to Celebrate [...]