You’re an individual, so are your loved ones. Can you think of a better way of honoring a unique person than having a piece of art made entirely for them? A one of a kind person deserves a one of a kind artwork. If given as a gift, the painting is a way of celebrating the person’s singular soul. If commissioned for oneself, it is a way of projecting an accurate and laudatory legacy. Either way, the portrait will become an heirloom, which will treasured because it is so unique.
I started painting when I was 15 years old and am largely self-taught, although I attended Kansas University (BFA) and Cornell (MFA) for formal art education.
While working for other artists in New York I made the paintings for several blue chip contemporary artists including Tom Otterness, Takashi Murakami and Bjarne Melgaard. I was able to work for these artists because I had the ability to paint and sculpt which most art students lacked.
To give you some information about my method I generally take a multitude of photographs during a single session and montage them together in an effort to get an accurate depiction of my subject as opposed a single snapshot. There is a difference between what I do and photo-realism: photo-realism’s goal is to recreate a photograph. What I intend to do is capture the personality and the vistage of the person in its entirety.