Family Portraits – putting an image to memories

Anna – watercolour on board – U.S. commission

I love to create family portrait in collaboration with my clients. Commissioning a portrait is a unique expression of love from one person to another and an intimate heirloom to pass down through the family. Special items can be incorporated such as jewellery, unique locations etc. Please scroll down for more about the process.

The process:
Your portrait starts with an initial sitting of pencil studies and photographic notes (depending on the subject’s age.) Sittings for child portraits can take place in their own home where they may feel most relaxed. They can also be arranged in my studio on the southern edge of Bath if this is more convenient for you (if the portrait is a surprise for example.)
I often place my subjects in strong, one-directional, natural light and I map the way light falls to add dimension and drama. So subjects are often seated in a chair near a window or open door.
I will produce a photographic plan of the painting in advance, taking a 50% deposit only after this plan meets with your approval. There is another viewing nearer to completion when adjustments can be made. Once the final portrait is approved the second 50% payment is due.
I use professional watercolours on a “canvas” of acid-free watercolour board – maximum size 76 x 56cms, or clay /wood panels are also possible as a surface. There is more detail about my techniques here.
Giclee prints: Professional art prints can be taken from your painting and make excellent gifts for loved ones.

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What clients have said:
“Thanks again Catherine, you’ve been a joy to work with and you’ve captured the girls beautifully. We will treasure the painting for many years.”
“So very pleased with the portraits – you have captured them both perfectly.”
“P absolutely loved the painting…There were quite a few tears shed by all concerned. Thank you again for such a lovely painting.”
“I just had to write and say how thrilled we both are with the portrait – it is amazing. I was so wowed by it when I saw it, I was speechless…I can’t wait to get the picture home.”
“absolutely beautiful portraits…I have just opened them and was in tears…I couldn’t have wished for more…thank you”


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