capturing the personality


by Jonathan Machen
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I love drawing and painting portraits because I get to express the inner character of my subjects. In my pursuit to understand portraiture, I have studied the great masters, as well as logged countless hours of practice. I can do a portrait of you or your loved ones in an affordable pen-and-ink drawing or to a more finished painting. Please see my ordering information page.

My approach to portraits

I am adept at working from photographs to capture the essence of a person. I also love drawing people from life, if I have the opportunity. Those tend to be more loosely-drawn, such as the one of Steve Wewerka from 1993 in the gallery opposite.

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What are other things that would qualify as a portrait? Something that has meaning for you personally, be it your pet, your house, a sacred landscape, a flower - or even a rock!

I also can do portraits of your pet!

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