First stage of a portrait commission is a drawing or under-painting of the proposed work.

First stage of a portrait commission is a drawing or under-painting of the proposed work.

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As a descendant of the Liverpool-based Tate family, painting has been in my family for generations. My great uncle James R. Tate (in his Toronto studio) frequented The Arts & Letters Club with Canada's Group of Seven and exhibited in Canada and US.

This 36" x 30" portrait commission was extremely challenging as I worked from a small black and white photo within a five week time frame. Many elements such as skin and hair tones, clothing colors and even the family dog were invented. I create realist and imagined portraits - and often a combination of both. I strive to paint a portrait that speaks; that captures the soul and essence of each figure.  Portraits are based on sittings and photographic reference or the latter only. The creative process includes three consultations and cost is based upon canvas size, medium, number of persons in the composition and complexity.

This 36" x 30" portrait commission was extremely challenging as I worked from a small black and white photo within a five week time frame. Many elements such as skin and hair tones, clothing colors and even the family dog were invented.

I create realist and imagined portraits - and often a combination of both. I strive to paint a portrait that speaks; that captures the soul and essence of each figure.  Portraits are based on sittings and photographic reference or the latter only. The creative process includes three consultations and cost is based upon canvas size, medium, number of persons in the composition and complexity.

This 24" x 36" portrait in oils was completed January 2017.

This 24" x 36" portrait in oils was completed January 2017.

 

FAQ

Where can I see your work other than the online?

Tartooful Gallery in North Vancouver exhibit my paintings. I have a two person exhibition at the new Bowen Island Commons gallery August 15th - Sept. 17th, 2018 and solo exhibition at the West Vancouver Ferry Building Gallery 16 Oct. - 4 Nov. 2018. Occasionally I open my studio for appointments.

How much are your paintings and can I buy one that I see on your website?

The prices vary by size and complexity and range from $990. to $10,000.  I'm exploring offering fine art prints of works.

Do you ship outside of Canada?

Yes, I ship internationally. This is not expensive when a smaller work however to reduce costs of larger paintings they can be rolled and shipped in a tube, upon arrival they can be re-attached to a wooden support.

Do you do commissions?

If I have time in my work schedule.

How do I find out what you're working on or when you're offering a workshop?

To ensure you hear of latest artworks or workshops, send me an email and I will contact you.