my way of thinking, the process through which a portrait moves
on its way to completion and final acceptance is very important.
I require 3 sittings in my studio. We get acquainted over lunch and afterwards I make a life size charcoal drawing during which we continue our leisurely conversation. The sole purpose of this drawing is to help me find the sitter's likeness.
After taking a series of photographs, which I use as an aid
to compose the painting, I stretch a canvas and begin the
actual life-size painting at the second sitting. The painting
develops over the next sittings, each spaced at a mutually
convenient time from the last and each about two hours long.
Clients are often hesitant about spending valuable time having
their portraits painted; however, they usually find that the
sittings are pleasant respites. I enjoy talking about a variety
of subjects with my sitters and do not require that they sit
rigidly. I encourage movement and conversation. I enjoy my
work immensely and one of its great benefits to me has been
that I have met so many outstanding people with whom I have
maintained contact through the years.
Careful study and thought brings a painting to life.
I paint as long as I can hold the image of the sitter before
me, then I ask for another sitting.
Studio time is time for the sitter to relax and enjoy conversation.
working on the portrait of Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.