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Olga featured in Jan/Feb 2024 Bedford & New Canaan magazine.
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My procedure is to develop a full-scale drawing of the subject along with numerous smaller sketches of background elements. I then transfer the drawing to canvas or wood panel, and I begin the painting using the drawings, color notes, and photographs as references. Additional sittings are always welcome — if the client is available — and he or she is able to watch the development of the portrait in its later stages. I most certainly take the suggestions and requests of the client to heart till the client and I are perfectly satisfied with the final work. Delivery of the finished portrait is typically within three to twelve months of the initial sitting, depending on the medium and size and complexity of the work.
A deposit of 50 percent is required before sittings begin and is non-refundable after the first sitting; the balance is due upon completion and approval of the portrait. A 10 percent retainer will reserve a place for the client on my schedule; this fee is non-refundable unless I am unable to carry out the commission.