Oil paintings are easy to maintain, have one of the most durable surfaces of all mediums and last for many generations. Oils are also one of the most versatile mediums which can be applied in thick, buttery impastos or in thin, translucent layers. I work in both styles, sometimes incorporating the two for a more contemporary feel, but prefer the timeless and traditional application of many, thin layers of glazes for a luminous and detailed finish. No other medium is of higher value or more luxurious than a traditional oil painting.
Oil portraits are created on stretched, fine Italian Linen which I triple prime using an oil based gesso for superior adhesion of the oil paints. The canvas is professionally gallery wrapped over kiln dried, heavy duty, stretcher bars. Stretched canvases are custom made to size with deep sides (4cm) which are then painted in a colour that compliments the painting.
I only use Artist grade, traditional oil paints and mediums from Winsor & Newton, Art Spectrum, M Graham and Gamblin, preferring certain colours from different manufacturers, especially for the paint’s transparency and/or coverage.
Oil portraits are available with either a minimalist (one colour), tonal or detailed background.