As a professional artist, I'm here to say, people are a really tough subject to paint. When you paint a dog, there are no hang ups. Perhaps if a dog could speak English he would say, "Can you make me look younger?" "I look too fat" "Can you get rid of my double chin?" But I don't think so. Our self image is so important to us. It's what put Glamour Shots and Instagram on the map. But in my book, portrait paintings that are truthful and reveal something about the inner person are the ones that shine, no matter the person's age, weight, ethnicity or gender. The further from our "ideal cannon", the more interesting they are!
As I have grown as an oil painter, I have learned to look at subjects in an abstract way. Starting with major shapes and working my way to the subtle nuances in the painting, it's amazing to see a portrait take shape. It's fascinating to watch a person's beauty reveal itself.
I have been doing oil painting portraits for a few years now, but I recently received some specialized training in it. I'm excited to keep honing my new skills! Because I would like to build my portfolio in this area, I'm doing a special offer right now. During Covid-19, while it's difficult for people to get together, I'll do an 14x11 portrait of you or a loved one from your photo for $300. Please email me at email@example.com or comment if you are interested!