The more an artist is familiar with a subject, the truer the portrait.   I accept portrait commissions where I can meet the subject, create life sketches if reasonable, and take my own photographs which best describe the subject’s form and character to compose into a luminous oil painting.  It is sometimes possible to develop a good likeness from existing photos, but much stronger composition and carry-through of character occur when I have been in the person’s presence and have taken the shots. 

Commissioned subjects may be people, animals (pets or favorite species),

meaningful places or objects.

Please contact me for pricing information.

Thank you

Denise Takahashi