I use two very different techniques to create my artwork. I paint using traditional oils on canvas; but I also use computer software to create what I call Stylized Photographic Portraiture.
Stylized Photographic Portraiture
Computer technology has given artists a new medium with which to create fine art. Advances in photo editing software along with high resolution digital printers that use archival pigment inks allow free reign to an artist's creativity while increasing productivity and bringing the collection of fine art within the reach of any budget.
Stylized Photo Imagery is a term I use to describe artwork that is created using digitized photographs that have been artistically enhanced on a computer. By using computer software and archival printing methods, a simple snapshot photo can become a heirloom work of art. A series of action shots can be transformed into multiple-image art that adds movement to a portrait. Key elements from a wedding can be artistically combined to show the entire event in one displayed piece of art.
Single-image portraits are typically printed on canvas and mounted on archival board with a wood gallery wrap style surround. The end product is free standing, allowing it to be placed on a table or mantle; but it is also wired for wall hanging.
I usually create these single portraits in a square format, typically 12 x 12 or 16 x 16. The square format works well as a single piece, or when grouped with others, such as duplicates of the same art, using color variations on each to create a pop-art style portrait.
Multiple-image portraits are generally available in two sizes. One is printed on archival art paper and framed under glass using a simple black frame, and is approximately 20" wide by 9" tall. The second option is printed on canvas and mounted to a wood surround panel, and is approximately 36" wide by 16" tall.
I use the traditional techniques of oil painting to create non-traditional oil portraits. My particular style of painting typically focuses on the detail rather than the whole. My oil portraits are generally limited to the face, and attempt to capture a provocative look or endearing expression.
Limiting my oil portraits to the face allows me to complete a painting in a fraction of the time needed to paint a full length portrait (or even a head and shoulder rendition), which equates to a very reasonable pricing structure (see Procedures and Fees).
The scale of my oil paintings are larger than life, with canvas heights typically 30 inches, and widths between 12 and 20 inches, depending upon how I choose to crop a particular painting. I stretch my canvases using 1 ½" deep gallery wrap stretcher bars, and extend the painting around and onto the edges, which creates a dimensional effect when viewed from an angle. This technique also eliminates the need for framing, so your finished portrait arrives ready to hang.