Creating a facsimile of a subject is the first and simplest level of portraiture. I go further.  My job is to uncover and portray that person’s true beauty. So I learn the subject’s life story, personality and environs;  also, how she moves, her gestures or how he presents himself. I embue the portrait with many layers just as the person is composed of  many layers.

All of this demands a variety of approaches.  I look at pictures and movies from the person’s entire life to identify consistencies.   Sometimes, I simply have a subject sit and talk with me.  Occasionally people want me to understand significant stories–life chapters–and paint them.  Other times, the subject is masked behind a persona or even a disability.   In every case, I start with studies….

portfolio pages

(links to each portrait’s page)
Formal Portraiture (My Version)
The Non-Portrait
Portraits of Life Stories
Portraits of Special People
Travels with Alice (a Narrative Portrait)

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