Commissions - Portraits - from life and photographs

  

    

I usually work from life, painting in my studio, but also from photographs if life drawing sessions are not possible like if painting an underwater portrait  or if a client wishes it or if a portrait should be a surprise. And yet a painted portrait is never a copy of a photograph but an artistic interpretation.

 

Before painting a full colour portrait, I do a few sketches no matter if I paint from life or a photograph thus getting to know the person to be portrayed. It is like a beginning of a relationship. Apart from the likeness, which is a minor challenge, there is a bigger one of capturing the personality and momentous mood. I want my portraits to tell a story and intrigue the viewer. I hope they do. 

 

I can draw or paint a straitforward portrait or add an object, pattern or detail reflecting people's inner world.  I work in soft pastels, watercolours, pencil, charcoal and acrylics. Prices start from 165EUR for a portrait 40x30cm, one figure (head and shoulders), plus shipping. Please look through the exmples of my portrait work and feel free to contact me for more details. 

 

I also accept city-, land- and seascape as well as pet portrait commissions. For examples of my landscape paintings, please see 'SEA' and 'PLEIN AIR'. 

 

For more information or to get in touch for a commission or collaboration, please send me an email at elena@elenadegenhardt.com

 

Just a few comments:

 

'It was great to receive such a unique and personal gift. Beautifully made - a special keepsake.' Olya Darroch, UK

 

'Das ist ein wunderbares Geschenk, dem ich einen zentralen Platz schenken werde!' Agnieszka Bialkowska-Appel, Deutschland

 

'The best surprise I have had in a very long time, so thoughful and very inspiring.' Daniel Claeys, Belgium 

 

 

 

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