RONALD N. SHERR
I prefer to work in my New York or Hong Kong studio from life whenever
possible, though photographs can be used as a supplement in order
to reduce the number of sittings (which vary depending on the size
and complexity of the portrait). Work on location is also possible,
although additional photography and sketching are necessary. It is
also extremely helpful if I can see where the portrait is to be installed.
If the client so desires, I would be more than happy to suggest an
appropriate size or location. Every attempt is made to work with the
client to schedule sittings in a convenient and comfortable manner.
Portrait of Alexandra, 24 x
My procedure is to develop a full scale drawing of the subject
along with numerous smaller sketches of background elements. This
can often be accomplished in three to six sittings. The drawing
is then transferred to canvas or wood panel and the painting commences
utilizing the drawings, color notes and photographs as reference.
Additional sittings are always welcome (if the client is available)
and the portrait is generally developed in a way that the client
is able to watch the picture progress. This way, there are no surprises
comments and suggestions by the client are noted and discussed until
all parties are pleased. Delivery of the finished portrait is typically
within twelve months of the initial sitting.
A deposit of 50% is required before sittings begin and is non-refundable
after the first sitting, the balance being due upon completion and
approval of the portrait. A 10% retainer will reserve a place for
you on my schedule. The retainer fee is non-refundable unless I
am unable to carry out the commission, and will be deducted from
the initial deposit on the portrait.