A portrait is a unique, lasting gift for loved ones of loved ones. It is always my intention to see each
subject through the eyes of love. I love drawing portraits for this reason.
The artist has an opportunity to create portraits that can be deeply personal, going beyond a mere
image or copy of the facial features. Accurate reporting of the physical attributes of a subject is of
course fundamental to good portraiture. Perhaps even more important to me, however, is to connect
with the character, the soul, of each being I am portraying to create a truer picture of the life force
behind the image. It is this full consideration and inclusion of the whole individual that I feel is essential
in making each portrait special.
Working in black and white -- graphite, charcoal or a combination -- offers opportunities to create a
visual impact and elegance that colour cannot deliver in the same way. Black and white also offers a
sense of timelessness, due to its simplicity and immediacy.
I draw portraits of babies, children, adults of all ages and beloved companions -- dogs, cats, horses,
Portrait drawings are commonly rendered in combinations of graphite pencil and charcoal unless
otherwise directed. Each portrait is drawn of one subject of head and shoulders in classical
portrait style on acid-free archival quality drawing paper, in a 12"W x 16"H format.
I can work from any photograph, providing the original image is appropriate in size and quality to render
a good likeness. Photographs where the image is very small may not be suitable. An ideal photograph
will be in high resolution, and taken close up so that details of facial structure can be clearly identified.
The better the lighting and quality of the image you provide will positively affect the resulting portrait.
To order, please use the Contact Form provided, or email me at email@example.com for further
|"I am a doting grandmother and this June I received the perfect birthday gift from my sister! It was
a graphite pencil drawing by Patricia Collier of my granddaughter. All our family is amazed at how
Patricia captured not only her appearance but her very essence. It melts my heart."
|Julie Chahal, Ottawa, Canada
Author, "Happily Retired"
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