Rugby Player

During the initial stages of a portrait commission I like to spend some time with the sitter just getting to know them. In response to these impressions and respecting the client’s wishes and expectations I develop a first idea and concept of the portrait. It is of great importance to meet the model and develop mutual respect and sympathy in order to be able to produce a natural, emotional and affectionate image.

I study the subject during 3 to 5 sittings of 1 to 2 hours each, taking photos as a record of key references. After selecting a few suitable compositions I supply the client with one sketch for their approval.

After that the actual work on the painting begins in oil.

The background and surroundings chosen for the painting make reference to the person’s characteristics, preferences or activities.

The creative process takes approximately three months from start to finish of the portrait.

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