Each portrait is a combination of elements. Like a recipe, you choose the
elements in a manner which best suit you.
Head & Shoulder portrait
3/4 Length portrait - From Head to Knees
Full Length portrait
Life size Full scale (100%)
Small size Half scale (50%)
Pastel on paper
Terracotta on paper
Terracotta & charcoal on paper
My finest portraits work this way. First, a photographic session. I take
pictures in various poses of the subject(s). Different clothing can be
tried at this time. Your creativity is welcome as we work to identify
the look of the portrait. Next, a decision making session. Once the pictures
are developed, I meet with all who wish to decide the elements of the
portrait, the pose and the clothing. We view the pictures and make decisions.
Finally, are the art sessions. For optimum results, you have two options:
(1) the subject(s) participate in all art sessions or (2) I do some work
unattended and the subject(s) participate in some critical sessions. One
other option exists for my most time pressured clients and for subjects
who are unavailable for sittings where I work completely from photographs.
There are some limitations to this option, which I will discuss directly
Sittings usually take place in the clients home. I travel worldwide
to do portraits in the comfortable surroundings of their own home. From
experience, I find that people are more relaxed in their own environment,
thus resulting in a more natural and expressive portrait. In addition
to my native Spanish and German, I speak English, French and some Italian.
This along with my travel and portraiture experience allows me to adapt
to many environments with ease. In truth, this is often a wonderful experience
for both of us. Many of my past clients are now great friends.
I am based in London and Spain, and now, due to an increasing demand for
my work in the US, I will now be more often in New York and other parts
of the United States.
The total amount of time necessary for a portrait varies with the length,
scale, background, medium and sitting options chosen. Each sitting takes
approximately two hours. A portrait such as Little Girl with Pony-tail
requires 4 to 5 sittings, including a photo session.
A FINAL WORD
It is my pleasure to create great portraits. As families are the corner
stone of our society, it is especially gratifying to capture families
at their best. And that is often the goal, to capture people as they best
wish to remember themselves. That these portraits are treasured for many
years is testament to their value. I look forward to creating a treasure
for you and your family.