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Portrait Painting

People’s faces express their personalities—but so too do their movements, their clothing and the way that they sit or stand. The challenge of portraiture is to get all these things right, and at the same time make an interesting picture. Patches of color, again, are the thing to express life and movement, even when the subject is in repose.

I enjoy painting children, dogs—they have no less personality than people—and of course adults. A special challenge is historical portraits. The sitters are no longer available, and it is a very interesting problem to study an old portrait and think how to paint one’s own version of it; to add one’s own spirit to the mix. Another related project is to work from old black and white family photographs and bring the sitter to vivid life, in vivid color!

Visit the Historical Portrait gallery.

Visit the Children, Adults gallery.