Traditional Portraits in Oil
As a portrait artist, I find that immortalizing someone in a painting is intellectually challenging and artistically fun. My subjects find it to be a relaxing break from their daily routines. We both enjoy ourselves as we create both a painting and a friendship. I love it.
All the portraits in this gallery I have painted in oils on canvas or board. Even the two that are monochromatic, George and Sam, are oil paintings. They are grisailles. A grisaille (/gri zai/) is a painting technique made popular during the Renaissance which consists of using shades of gray to create dramatic lighting and a pronounced sense of three dimensionality. I am partial to classical realism. My goal is to capture a pleasing likeness that conveys the sitter's character and personality and answers who they are.