Self-portrait, oil on canvas
Initially, Whitney will speak by telephone or email with the client to
determine details of the portrait. This includes desired mood, background,
size, schedules and where the portrait will ultimately hang.
Once the preparation is scheduled, Whitney normally travels to the client's
location where he does a photography session and color study from life.
Using these materials, Whitney works with the client to reach an agreement
on pose and composition.
Whitney then completes the portrait in his studio, usually within three
to six months. At this stage, a photo is sent to the client for approval
and an appointment is set for the final sitting, if needed. Some clients
may enjoy traveling to Whitney's studio at Crescent Pond for the final
sitting. However, Whitney will also travel to the client if requested.
Crescent Pond is a a beautiful 81-acre nature retreat in Stoddard, New
Upon final approval, the painting is shipped to the client.