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To 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.

Peter working on the portrait of Dr. J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Peter Egeli's studio at Westbank.

At work in the Westbank studio.

Painting during a live sitting.

In his art studio in Maine.


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