Portrait Commissions in Oils
Portrait commissions are a wonderful thing for me to be able to create and are a timeless piece of artwork for you to own.
As a Scottish portrait artist my clients regularly approach me to commission a portrait for themselves having seen my work either in a commercial gallery, on this website, or through a personal referral. I am a highly accomplished portrait painter with many years of experience whose favourite subject matter for my own personal series of paintings is the human figure. I have had my work shortlisted for the prestigious BP Portrait Prize.
My clients come to from a very wide range of backgrounds and interests and not only commission portraits of themselves but also often their family members, especially children, friends and other acquaintances (and sometimes dogs too, which is fine because I just love them). Some clients request just a simple picture of their head and shoulders and others prefer a full-length pose, a painting from behind or a nude.
People ask me to paint portraits for all sorts of different reasons. Some wish to simply have a record of themselves or their family members, some like to remember a deceased relative and others commission a personal portrait as a form of rekindling a love of themselves and their ever-changing body.
How can I commission a portrait?
I offer a very discreet and private service and images of the sitter, and the finished painting itself, will never be discussed or shared unless permitted by the client. I cannot stress highly enough that your privacy is of the utmost importance for me. The images shown below are but a tiny fraction of the work I have painted and many of the other pieces are too private to be shown.
In an ideal situation I will begin the portrait painting process by sketching and photographing you in real life, either in my studio or in the client’s house. This process usually takes most of a day. I then returns to my studio with all of the sketches and source material, without the client, to complete the painting. Sometimes it is not possible to paint a portrait from life, perhaps for geographical reasons or because the subject is no longer with us, and all I need in those circumstances is a good quality photograph. I will be more than happy to offer guidance on that when we have our consultation.
The first and perhaps most important stage in the process is to have a look through my figurative work portfolio, and the small selection of her past portrait commissions below, and decide whether my style of painting is the type of thing you are looking for. If it is then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a few details of what sort of thing you are looking for and I shall be delighted to discuss your ideas with you.