Commissions from Photos
Commissions from Life
I am happy to work from photographs if the sitter has limited availability. The quality of the portrait will depend on the quality of the original photographs. I can take these for you or you can send me photographs you have taken yourself to use as a starting point.
The commissioning process is simple. Once the size (e.g. 'head and shoulders', 'quarter length', 'half length', 'full length') and setting of the portrait are agreed, about 3 sittings are required of two hours each. These are arranged at the convenience of the sitter. The amount of sittings varies according to the size of the picture and will increase in the case of multiple figures.
If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss the process or to meet in person.
I undertake commissions for portraits either at my studio at the Bomb Factory Art Foundation, Archway, London or at a location proposed by the sitter, such as their home. I also travel within the UK or abroad if required.
For sitters that are London-based, my studio is located five mins walk from Archway tube on Elthorne Road, next to the Central St Martin's Fine Art studios. The complex was an old munitions works during the Second World War and was converted to studios in 2015. The original north facing skylights provide excellent, reliable lighting for portrait painting.
I try to be as practical in my approach to painting people as possible. I have found that a lot of time spent getting to know a sitter in advance of starting a portrait is unnecessary: this naturally occurs during the painting of the portrait.
The sitter can talk, listen to music and so on - but needs to sit reasonably still!
Elisha Adams interviewed me in my studio for a short documentary on portraiture. The below excerpt provides insight into my approach.