Commission a Portrait

I am fascinated by the timeless quality that sculpture portraits can bring to the sitter. When working as a portrait artist I strive to achieve a sensitive and immediate likeness through the use of sittings and photographs. The portrait is suggestive of the subject’s thoughtfulness and inner life. Each piece should not just be just a likeness but also a worthy work of art.

I enjoy meeting clients of all ages and have sculpted clients from eight weeks to eighty years old.

We should discuss the process, the timeline and what you would like. I live in Vancouver, BC.

Do I have to sit for hours?

No, I prefer to work with at least one sitting with adults of about 2 -4 hours and during which I begin the modelling, take facial measurements and photographs.  Additional sittings are advisable.  If the subject is not available to sit, I can work with photographs.

Young children’s sittings are best spread out over several dates of about 40 minutes depending on how well they can sit still for measurements and photos. Usually they play with clay on my stand while I work on them or watch a video or listen to recorded music or stories, depending on what the parents think will work best.

How much does it cost?

Prices for a portrait will vary depending on the size, as well as whether bronze is desired and what kind of mounting for the piece is requested, wood, stone etc.  A price will be agreed upon once a discussion has been had and a deposit required once work commences. A bronze work costs approximately double that of a ceramic piece.

How long does it take?

Depending on how often the sitter is available, from beginning to the end you should allow about 2-3 months for the modelling process to be complete, and the piece to be hollowed, dried and fired. Bronzing will double the time required.

How do you decide it is finished and ready for casting or firing?

The clay model is presented for approval. When approval is received the piece is fired or sent to the foundry.  The last step is the finishing. You can leave the piece as plain ceramic sculpture or think about different finishes. A foundry will give you a choice of patinas and I have work on hand for you to look at if you want to keep it ceramic.

How do I keep track of the progress?

Contact me whenever you’d like an update and feel free to ask for digital pictures of the progress.