The portraits here are built up in several stages. The process begins with a monotone underpainting to establish the composition and values. In subsequent layers, the shadows, lights and halftones are developed using fine pigments and subtle glazes, while the portrait’s tonal foundation creates depth from within.
Portraits from life usually require 4 to 6 sittings of about 2 or 3 hours each. Where sittings are not an option, suitable photographic reference can be used. A portrait will normally take around 3 months to complete.