So much is said about Portraits. There are a few wonderful portrait painters alive today but none better than:
"John Singer Sargent (American born in 1856 - 1925) the Best Ever in my opinion, followed by Edward Manet (sometimes you will see his name written: Edouard Manet (French born in 1832 - 1883).
Sargent is elegant, Manet is soulful. I love both with an edge to Sargent.
Portraits that appear to be little more than a blown up tinted photograph or the ones that have 0 life...none.. or that look as if they've fallen into a bad batch of cheap icing are the polar opposite of what I must do to "paint people". For me:
The fewer strokes the better. Any painter will tell you that it's a lot more difficult to paint with fewer strokes and a lot easier to re-create a "photograph reality" with tiny detail (that look dead) than by "free stroke impressions".......
The point is this: People want portraits to immortalize someone(s) they love(d). They want to stare at it and remember or let their mind re-create certain times and conversations. This can't be done with a flat, tinted 'photograph' style.
I may take a single pose from a photograph (if that's all the people have to give me) for a portrait but I insist on as many other snapshots (nowadays: Videos) so I can know the person and see how they move, what their 'energy' is. Examples are the kids on the right." Cheney, 7/2011
If the viewer could click on the photo of the portraits shown
and zoom in, they would see the minimum amount of strokes. CHENEY has the natural ability to allow the viewer's eyes to fill in the blanks. Perhaps that's why these portraits always seem so alive...as if they are ready to move or to speak. Key features are captured like the smallest child's button nose or the dimples on the older son; the expression on all their faces. They weren't forced to pose for hours - they may have just come in from playing. The older son sent a photo of his new hair cut - insuring the style he preferred was integrated into the portrait! SEE MORE INFORMATION ON PORTRAIT PRICING PAGE - Please read carefully.