To model for, or to commission the artist
Whether you’re interested in working with me as a model, or in commissioning a work of art, here’s information about our approach to collaboration.
The process of creating a work usually begins with a discussion to define the artwork’s general characteristics. We’ll schedule a session to create sketches, drawings, painted sketches, paintings, photographs, modellos, etc. Multiple ideas and poses are explored unless the session (or series of sessions) is devoted to the creation of a singular work, a portrait or figure painting from life for example.
I sometimes use professional models in creating my figurative artworks. I also often work with people that I meet in my daily life and travels, creating art with individuals who may have never thought of modeling before. Most find the experience of participating in the creation of a work of art to be very satisfying. The only real requirement is to have a willingness to be open and be one’s self. Every person brings to this process their own unique spirit, and it is our goal to reveal some of this deeper self in the art that we create.
A model may choose to work with me for only one or two sessions although some have enjoyed the collaborative process so much that they continue to work with me for months or years. These relationships of creativity and developed mutual trust (and friendship) often allow for deeper explorations in image making that transcend the surface, and may communicate greater truths.
Here are some examples of works created with acquaintances, friends, and relatives, whose collaboration in the creation of these artworks I gratefully appreciate.
“Italian woman” (above) is inspired by a beautiful woman we met when she served breakfast at our hotel in Florence every morning. La Bella Firenze!
Deborah is a lovely woman that my wife and I met while attending a farm tour of natural fiber artisans. I asked if I might draw her, and this charcoal drawing from life is the result. Hopefully you can sense the intensity in her eyes that compelled me to draw her.
Alevtina is a Russian singer and talented musician. My wife and I met her at a concert performance of her traditional folk music group, and then we later hosted the group at our home for dinner. We provided the Mexican food and beer, and they provided the singing and dancing – what fun we had! I painted this small portrait from photographs that we made in my studio.
The soft textures of this graphite drawing show the beauty of the nude female form. This lovely woman is a friend that I have made drawings and paintings of several times over the years.
This very athletic male was a wonderful subject. He has a beautiful physique and an open creative spirit. Several paintings and many wonderful drawings resulted from our collaboration.
This acquaintance had many ideas that she wanted us to try, and in doing so, she was a complete joy to work with. One of the great pleasures of an effective collaboration is when my subjects bring to our art sessions a childlike openness and sense of play. Even if we’re trying to create a work with serious overtones, an attitude of playful joy is our ally in the process of creation.
This young woman and I met at the opening of an exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art. We worked many times over the course of about a year and together created a great number of sketches, fine art drawings, watercolors, and several oil paintings. A beautiful spirit and friend.
To commission the artist
Commission fees are based on the nature of the desired artwork, number of figures, the media and size. One third of the agreed total is required to begin the commission. Preparatory studies are created and presented for approval. The second third of the fee is then paid, and work begins on the commissioned artwork. The final payment is made upon acceptance of the artwork.
If I have asked you to work with me
Individuals whom I have asked to work with me may be gifted a sketch, fine art photograph, or painting from our art session(s). This varies depending on the model’s wishes, the number of sessions, and the nature of the works created. We’ll discuss this fully before any work is done. In most cases, models will be given the first opportunity to purchase any works that they participated in creating.
If you wish to discuss a commission, or would like more information about modeling, you may contact me by using this Contact link.