My goal is to create the most beautiful oil portrait commissions possible. I follow a set procedure to best ensure that each of my oil portraits measure up to the highest standards. All due consideration will be given to best accommodate your schedule.
Once the decision has been made to commission an oil portrait I will send you a contract which clarifies the terms and specifications of the proceedure.
Our first step is to meet and discuss the specifics of your portrait. This initial meeting is an opportunity for us to get better acquainted and, since a commissioned portrait is a collaboration, to select which clothing, props, and background setting will work the best. If possible, I like to see where the finished painting will be displayed in order to determine the best pictorial design and to judge which style of framing would be most appropriate.
Unless the entire painting will be done from life the next step is for me to take reference photographs. Working with digital photos and sketches, I like to narrow down the possibilities to one or two poses and then, using professional lighting and photographic equipment, I can explore the subtle nuances of the poses we have agreed upon.
Following the photo session, or perhaps the next day, I will paint a quick head study from life which I will refer to during the course of painting your portrait. This study allows me to record the subtle color tones of the complexion and hair.
After a photo is chosen I will paint a small compositional color study, to convey to you a sense of what the finished portrait will look like. After the study is approved, I begin the full sized portrait. At that point, I will be able to estimate the date of completion. During the painting process, additional sittings from life are very helpful. Ideally, I would prefer to do the bulk of each portrait from life, but I understand that many would find this inconvenient.
Once the painting is completed, it is important that the painting is properly framed. The right frame both enhances and protects the portrait. Although you are responsible for the cost of the frame, I will assist you in selecting the best possible frame. The completed commissioned portrait can then be delivered framed, and ready to be displayed for years of pleasurable viewing.
Please contact me, Marvin Mattelson, at your convenience so we can begin the process of creating your portrait.
of America 2006
of America 2004,
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of America 2005
Award of Merit
of America 2004
of Portrait Artists