Despite my tendency to lapse into satire when I am rendering a likeness of someone I have been known to do the occasional “serious” portrait. It is an interesting challenge to explore the subtle, minute details in someone’s character that make them unique.
People have always played a central role in my artwork. I have made it a lifelong practice to study the human face in its’ infinite variations. Painting someone’s portrait is an opportunity to really focus on that. I always consider it an honour when I am handed a commission to create someone’s likeness.
Unlike the stiff, imposing, darkly suited images of important men and women you see in legislative buildings and hospital corridors a portrait can be a colourful celebration and tribute to the subject. A portrait should be warm and loving, not necessarily strict with detail but interpretive and kinetic, as if alive.
It is with this in mind that I approach the task of gathering reference material that best represents the subject. This could be existing photographs or those that I shoot myself. The final product is usually a combination of multiple reference images using the best aspects from each.
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