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A Collaboration: Creating Custom Portraits

Together with Chandler this commissioned portrait is created as a birthday gift for her boyfriend.

When working on custom portraits the client knows the subtleties of the faces I paint. So, I do the best I can to capture the likeness from supplied photos while relying on their keen eyes to catch what I might not see.

Chandler perceives a correction needed to the lip of her boyfriend. In fifteen minutes that tiny adjustment is made and we are good to go!

Please, follow the painting process from the start and see the small change that makes a big difference. Also see if you can spot the three changes made on another portrait.















Do you see the three changes in this wedding invitation?


The man's mole was recently removed in life, so we remove it from the painting too. Although the woman's mouth matches the photo reference, the mother of the groom feels it does not represent the bride to be. So, we remove the gap of her open mouth and voila! Finally the arm that is in shadow looks more like a sleeve than skin. Not good. We ignore the reality and give her skin the proper color. The proofing process really makes the final piece. This is why I consider all custom work I create to be a joyful collaboration with others. The client has the idea and together we bring the art to life. Lovely!