My Oil Paintings come from images that I have in my mind, places that I have been, or from a photo that someone wants a custom painting done of a place where they have been. I also paint from photographs that I have taken. In some cases I may take bits and pieces from different photos that I have taken and combine them into one painting.
Portraits are a one of kind painting, I work from a photo normally. I usually take my own stills of the person. I always like to to meet with the person, and talk to them. I like to find that one special thing about their personality, the look in their eyes, their own expressions. I take a lot of notes, and sometimes I will snap photo of the person during the interview process, Then when I start to paint I try to pull all of this into the portrait. This is how I can capture their individual personality. I really feel that this is want makes the portrait of the person, makes the painting come alive, and represents the person that I am painting.
I hope you enjoy my work