I started my career as an artist painting portraits, and most of my studies were with portrait artists. These included Nelson Shanks, with whom I apprenticed, and Aaron Shikler, two of the most prominent portrait painters of their generation.
Over the years as well as doing the traditional head and shoulder portrait, I also branched out into "informal" portraits, meant to be a record of families and how they interact, as well as the places they love to spend time together.
Family Portraits have become a specialty of sorts, and recently I was awarded "Best of Rhode Island" for this work. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I would add to that, a good portrait, one of the most demanding and rewarding of paintings, is worth a thousand pictures.
It is an honor to be creating work that will be passed down from generation to generation, capturing not only the members of a family, but their interaction in places they love. I look forward to speaking with you about your family's portrait..
Sincerely, David Schock
Commissioning a portrait is usually found to be an enjoyable process by all.
The sitting process involves getting together and my creating reference images, which may include sketches and usually photos (this is almost always the case with portraits of children). Then one or two small composition studies will be done and sent to the client within a few weeks, giving the idea for the composition for the painting.
After approval of this sketch by the client, work begins on the final painting. This usually will be completed within three to six months of the initial sitting.
Payment is 1/3rd at the initial sitting, 1/3rd at the O.K. of the compositional sketch, and 1/3rd at completion of the portrait.
Your input into the process is welcome. I have never had a commission where those closest to the subjects of the painting did not have valuable suggestions about the portrait. Your input is welcome as part of a collaborative effort, with your happiness with the final work as our shared goal.
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