Portraits from photographs

Portraits from photographs

What could be a better gift than an oil painting portrait of a loved one. I have done several portrait commissions. I am happy to work from photos provided they are suitable, see my guidelines below. I paint alla prima in oil onto stretched canvas, it can be hung as it is or you can frame it.


  • 6″ square mini portrait on deep edge box canvas – £150
  • 8″ square portrait on deep edge box canvas – £200
  • A4 – £250
  • A3 – £300
  • A2 – £400
  • A1 – £500

Reference Photograph Guidelines

A good reference is essentail for a successful portrait painting. I don’t like to paint full smiles showing teeth as it looks strange in a painting. A small smile with the mouth closed is better. The lighting should be natural daylight. A soft light through a window is ideal. photographs taken on a sunny day can be a problem as it can cause very strong shadows. If in doubt please email me and I can advise you weather your photograph will be suitable or not.

Example of suitable photo reference with soft natural lighting

portrait from photographs

This commission was 8″ on canvas

Abi portrait

Examples of Ellie’s portraits

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