The Portrait Process
It is most important to me that you are delighted with the finished work, and that having your portrait painted is an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Normally, there are four phases to the process. Firstly, we discuss the context, nature and size of the portrait and decide on the setting. I will then give you a quote and a time slot.
If you wish to proceed, half of the fee will be payable and I will provide you with a signed contract, including the terms and conditions of our agreement.
Our second meeting will be in your selected environment – wherever in the world that may be – in order for me to see a design for the portrait and take some reference photographs of you, or of a nominated portrait subject. When you and I have agreed that we like both these references and my creative ideas, I can start the portrait in my London studio.
I would like to see you in the studio for the first sitting of a couple of hours to give the portrait the essential ‘alive’ quality. If you are not able to come to my studio, I can roll up the canvas and come to you.
The finishing touches will be applied at a final sitting, which will complete the portrait. At this point the second half of the fee will be paid and framing can be arranged.
I regard the whole enterprise as a collaboration between us and I will always take your thoughts throughout the process into careful consideration.