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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.
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.