I am proud to be part of a time-honored tradition reaching back to The Great Masters.  Artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt produced portraits centuries ago that are still recognized and compel us to slow down and look more deeply these many years after they were painted.

Oil painted portraiture is very much different from photographic portraiture, which is, of course, much more common these days.  They are similar in that they produce a likeness and capture a moment; however, they are very different in that the moment captured in an oil-painted portrait is assembled from many bits and pieces of many moments and interactions.  It attempts to filter the experience of being in the presence of the sitter through the perspective of another human being, and in the process captures something of the personality, the humanity, and the spirit of the sitter within the image.  It is very much about a shared moment between sitter and viewer as interpreted through the experience of the artist.  The artist as an interpretational filter is not just another human being through whose eyes one may look.  Artists are human beings who have dedicated themselves to the observation and study of the individual, the human condition, and society as a whole.  We invest countless hours studying, practicing and refining his skills.  In many ways, the artist is a bridge connecting tradition and history to the present, and connecting the sitter to the audience.  It is his or her job to bring forth not only a likeness but also some of the intangible elements of the sitter, so that the viewer can not only recognize the face, but can also experience a little bit of what it would be like to be in the presence of the sitter.

I am proud to be part of this tradition.  I believe it helps us understand each other and ourselves.  It is an integrity steeped practice, and I would be delighted to discuss portrait ideas with potential clients.



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