What kind of commissions do you take?
People wanting a study of themselves or their partner, often as a special gift.
I also take commissions from people who very much liked a particular work that's already sold.
Naturally, I can’t reproduce a piece exactly, as it’s impossible to recreate the model, pose, atmosphere etc. But I can aim for a similar style of work, with similar qualities to the original.
Can you work from photographs?
I get my best results drawing from the live model.
First hand observation lets me capture subtleties and leads to work with more immediacy, energy and character.
So I would encourage you or your partner to model.
Is modelling embarrassing?
Not at all. The atmosphere is professional and relaxed. I do my best work when you feel at ease.
Do bring along a friend / ally / favourite music or whatever might help.
Do I need to be an experienced model?
My subjects are mostly professional life models, but modelling isn’t so difficult for the first-timer. I’ll help you find poses that work for you, look flattering and you’ll be able to hold.
It is however, physically more difficult than you'd imagine. I speak from personal experience. Settle into a relaxed pose and within five minutes every part of you is yearning to move!
But the result is generally worth it.
Where do you work?
Generally, I work in life classes across London (and the world).
I have drawn in the famous RA Life Room, the inspirational Brett Whiteley Studio in Surry Hills, Sydney, the magnificent Leighton House, the intimate Barnes Atelier, as well as many less auspicious places.
I do my commission work in my studio in Barnes, London SW13. At a time to suit us both.
How long do I need to sit for?
The good news is I work fairly quickly. A longer pose for me is 20 to 40 minutes.
I tend to work in sessions of 2 to 2 1/2 hours, with breaks. Depending on what kind of result you’re hoping for. This should give a few different works to select from.
How much do you charge?
There’s no initial charge and no commitment to buy.
The unpredictability of drawing from life means I can’t 100% guarantee I’ll produce something you'll love. If I do, terrific. You can get an idea of prices by looking in my gallery.
But if there's nothing you like, you’re under no obligation. We can either fix up another session or leave it at that.
Can you help me choose a work as a gift?
Absolutely. A work of art makes a very personal, original and significant gift.
I will, of course, take it back or exchange if it's not entirely liked.
Or, better still, I can send you a voucher to present as a gift. Your friend can then select a work themselves. This has worked very successfully on a number of occasions.
Or you can gift a modelling session and the resulting work.
Any more questions?
Just get in touch here.