If you're looking for a traditional portrait then oils take a lot of beating. As a portrait artist they are beautiful to use and the results are amazing. The only downside of having a portrait painted in oils is the drying time required both between paint layers and between completing the painting and being able to varnish. (The painting needs to have been finished 6 months before it can be varnished). However, if you are in no hurry (or have allowed plenty of time between commissioning and requiring the painting), it is well worth the wait.
Until recently, most requests have been for acryic portraits so oils are a relatively new medium for me. However, they are such a joy to use that I hope to be painting more. My prices reflect this eagerness to use oils more frequently so do take advantage while examples are few!
A portrait close to my heart - painted for my daughter and her husband following their wedding in June 2016.
This has been painted on clear primed linen so the colour and texture of the canvas forms the background - a subtle and complimentary support for the composition.
This 17th Century reproduction of Viscountess Francess Hatton has been requested as a commission. Of course an oil portrait doesn't have to look quite this formal! If, on the other hand, this is a look you'd like created for yourself, I'm happy to pop your head(s) on the shoulder(s) of people from an old painting of your choice or to paint a contemporary version in a similar style.
The following two paintings have been painted in Golden Open Acrylics - a slow drying version of acrylics which can give a look and painting experience very like oils so I have included them here. If you choose to have a less formal oil painting than the one above, this gives you an idea of how the finished painting will look.