The portrait is planned
with a meeting at the client's home to discuss
the size and setting (formal or informal, indoors
or outdoors, with or without background. Dimensions
are taken of the area where the portrait will
hang. The frame, an integral part of any work
of art, is also discussed and specific recommendations
CREATING THE PORTRAIT
are a true collaboration between client and
artist. Jim's process typically includes:
1. An initial consultation
to discuss the size, spirit and details of the
2. Photograph the subject
to explore pose, styling, background and expression.
This session can be scheduled at our photgraphy
studio or at a location of your choice.
After reviewing the results together, the final
composition of the painting is decided. For
posthumous portraits, Jim will work with you
to select appropriate photo reference from personal
or public archives.
3. Prepare a small preliminary
study for your review, reflecting the size,
style and composition of the final portrait.
At this stage, the exact size of the painting
is known and the frame is chosen. (Clients most
often prefer that Jim work with them to select
an appropriate archival-quality frame.)
4. Create the painting
in the studio using the finest materials on
premium linen canvas, resulting in a portrait
that will last for many generations.
5. A final sitting, at
Jim's studio or your location. If the final
sitting occurs at your site, the framed painting
is usually shipped in advance. At this stage,
Jim refines the likeness from life and makes
important finishing touches. The portrait is
now complete and ready for display.