Portraits & Commissions

The Art of seeing, lies in the observation of the whole, and an understanding of its roots and purpose.

-- Charlotte Greenwood --

The art of portraiture goes back through the millennia, representing a unique record of a plethora of individuals, from Kings and Queens, to patrons and artists over history.
I believe that to better understand where we are now, it is important to understand where we have come from. Portraits teach us about the people, the culture and the time in which they were created; therefore playing an important role in the creation and recording of history.

The process of painting someone’s portrait is very personal. I get very intertwined in who the person is that I am painting. This is the story-telling part of the process.
I feel that what we have achieved through technological development over time, is phenomenal. With the advent of photography and the moving image, there are so many ways to record history now, but what I feel is missing from all these developments is an element of human connection, that can only be achieved through a person observing and recording live, in real-time, through seeing and observation, albeit sometimes aided by a machine.

This is why the art of portraiture is so fascinating and important to me, because within one image, there is captured one artist’s impression of a person, over a period of time. It is the culmination of thousands of observational and analytical decisions of the subject. What makes this observational process different from any photograph or video, is that the human brain and emotional makeup is what is doing the recording. So each time a portrait is made, it is completely original, a one-off. That in itself makes a portrait special and valuable, because it is the only one, like the subject it portrays.


Man With The Red Collar

Oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″, 2009

Kat In Pink

Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″, 2010

Love In Red And Gold

Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 30″ x 60″, 2011

Steben Alexander painted to Madame Butterfly (3 panels)

Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 24″, 2010

Sunrise Goddess

Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 30″ x 60″, 2011


Family

Oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″, 2013

Alizée & Maité

Oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″, 2010

The Accordion Player

Oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″, 2009

Making Of