Contemporary Maine Realist Portrait Painter
Maine portrait painter, Portland, Maine, contemporary realist painter, oil on canvas, drawings, portraits, still life, figurative art
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Commissioning a painted or drawn portrait is a special and unique process. I look to create a piece that is beautiful, moving and timeless.


At the beginning stages of working on a portrait, I will look to you for your ideas of how you’d like the portrait to look and feel. I will then require one or two sessions where I can sketch from life. Moving forward I would like to work from life as much as possible, but do understand your time constraints, so I can take reference photos to work from. Sittings/photos with plenty of natural light are ideal, and can either take place in my studio or in your home. A final life-sitting to add finishing touches would be preferred.


Pricing will be discussed at the initial consultation, as features such as size of canvas, how much of the figure is included, and background are to be assessed.



What is a portrait sketch?

A portrait sketch is a portrait that is painted alla prima (italian for ‘at the first’ or ‘at first attempt’). It is done in one sitting directly from life in about 3 – 4 hours. Creating a ‘finished’ portrait in one sitting is exciting and challenging. It forces me to quickly capture the most important aspects of the person’s pose and demeanor, but it also encourages expressive mark making that is both intentional and spontaneous. The resulting work is an active and thoughtful piece that can be hung or placed anywhere.



The process for commissioning a portrait sketch is straightforward: I just need 3-4 hours of yours (or the model’s) time to be able to do a quick preliminary drawing and then the remaining time to paint. This can be done in my studio or in any setting that allows for an easel and painting set up. A pose would be set up to meet the comfort needs of the sitter but would also allow for the best lighting, etc. Usually I work in mini sessions of 15-20 minutes, allowing for breaks for the sitter in between.


Feel free to send me an email or give me a call for more information and to set up a consultation meeting. I look forward to working with you to create a portrait of a friend, family member, or yourself that you will love.