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 great uncle James R. Tate (left, in his Toronto studio) frequented The Arts & Letters Club with Canada's Group of Seven and exhibited in Canada and US.

It doesn't get more difficult than this! This 36" x 30" portrait commission was extremely challenging as I worked from a small black and white photo within a four week time frame. Many elements such as skin tones, clothing colours 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.

It doesn't get more difficult than this! This 36" x 30" portrait commission was extremely challenging as I worked from a small black and white photo within a four week time frame. Many elements such as skin tones, clothing colours 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 2' x 3' portrait in oils was completed January 2017.

This 2' x 3' 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. Occasionally I open my studio for visitors and I exhibit in other galleries.

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

Most of the paintings on this website are sold however a few are in my studio.  The price varies by size and often the amount of time to complete. Prices 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 it is a small work however larger paintings are best rolled and shipped in a tube. Upon arrival they can be re-attached to a wood support.

Do you do commissions?

If I have time in my work schedule I will work on commissions.

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.