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Why A Portrait?

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Why commission a portrait?

Portraits do more than record the subject's likeness - they capture his or her personality and spirit as well. Nothing portrays the essence of a person like a portrait.

Here are just a few of the many reasons why portraits are commissioned:

  • A portrait of a beloved child or grandchild is a unique and wonderful gift that both the subject and recipient will always treasure.
  • A portrait of a spouse celebrates a person we deeply love, honor, and remember.
  • A family portrait is a priceless heirloom that documents the subjects and depicts family relationships.
  • A portrait graces your home with a work of art. Nothing “pulls together” the decor of a living room, family room or other living space quite like a portrait.
  • A portrait of a business, civic, spiritual, political or military leader documents a legacy and honors an individual who has made a special contribution to an organization or the community.
  • Commissioning a portrait of a significant donor, contributor or volunteer to a university, hospital, non-profit, or other institution serves to express our gratitude and appreciation. It can also help make your institution more attractive to other potential donors.
  • How the process works:

    Ideally, portraits are painted from life; the sitter poses for the artist. However, in our busy world it makes it very difficult for the artist and the subject. Consequently, portraits are painted primarily from photographs.

    Don prefers to take the photographs himself. Here are several scenarios:

  • Children: Don prefers to go to the home and take multitudes of pictures seeking to record the child’s personality.
  • Business Portraits: Don takes many different photos in the business person’s environment to insure the portrait provides an accurate likeness.
  • Posthumous: Don will work from existing photographs provided they are of good quality.
  • For more information or discuss a portrait with the artist please contact Don by clicking here

    To browse examples of Don's oil or pastel portraits please click on the appropriate tabs above.

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    For more information and any questions you can e-mail Don at: don@donalddrakefineart.com

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