Portrait making is a joint process. When I start a portrait, I like
to get acquainted with my clients, at either their location or my
studio in Leverett, Massachusetts. Discussing the clients' intent
for the portrait is of crucial importance towards achieving excellence
in the final product. A good conversation enables us to clarify underlying
assumptions and expectations, and focus on the true character of
I like creating both individual and group portraits. My job is to
capture the essence of the person, or persons, and honor their highest
presence. I believe in the symbolism of the background in order to
create an environment within the portrait that reflects the subject's
soul and essence.
I prefer to paint from both life and photographs. I take my own
photos, in one or two photo sessions, lasting between two to four
hours each. The amount of time devoted to this step depends on the
elements and character of the portrait, as well as our ability to
find the right pose and environment. Back at my studio, I make the
initial selection of four to six photographs, which are then enlarged
to 8"x 10" size and submitted to the client for comment.
The client and I discuss the selection and, upon the client's approval,
I proceed with the portrait. Whenever possible, I prefer to finish
the portrait with a live sitting, where final details can be incorporated
into the project. Whenever this is not possible, photographs of the
near-finished portrait can be sent to the client as a substitute.
- Details of each commission will be determined on an individual
basis, including procedures, specific terms, arrangements, and
are done in approximately life-size using only the finest archival
materials. Portraits created in this way will last for many generations.
sessions are considered a preliminary step and are charged
separately from portrait fees.
- Once the final price is agreed upon, the parties
sign a contract that is accompanied by a 30% non-refundable deposit.
are typically completed within four to six months. The balance
is due at the time of delivery.
- Framing is not included in the portrait
cost; recommendations can be provided upon request.
|Fees / Oils on Linen:
|Head and Shoulders
|Each additional figure, add 75%.
- The above prices do not include travel, shipping, photography,
or framing expenses.
- Non-refundable 30% deposit is required.
Contact me at 413 221 3707 or via email through our Contact