John Reidy is an accomplished artist who has been drawing ever since he could hold a pencil. He showed at an early age his love and talent for drawing. Through his early school years he was always busy (maybe too busy) drawing those things that held his interest, animals, monsters, religious scenes and portraits. He often entertained his family and friends with his caricatures, comics and more serious portraits.
John began his formal instruction at the age of 13 with Jay O’Meilia from the Frank Reilly School with the New York Art Students League. He worked in Jay’s studio for 5 years, where he learned the discipline, fundamentals, color and how to think as an artist.
No matter the subject, the underlying question was always “What is it doing?”.
While John pursued his professional career in advertising and sales he never stopped perfecting his=craft. He worked in various mediums: graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, water color and oils. His subjects were wildlife and people.
While visiting with several internationally known portrait artists John was encouraged to pursue creating fine art oil portraits full time. Ever since he has been enjoying portrait painting and most especially meeting his clients and making them happy. “That”, says John, “is what it’s all about.”
He has won several awards including a portrait drawing selected for national tour, First= Prize in the Muddy River Art Association, Inc. Juried Competition, a Finalist in the Portrait Society of America 2006 Tri-State competition and Best in Show in the Dimensions 2007 National Juried Exhibition.
All portraits are priced after all of the requirements for the project are discussed. Fees represent an average complexity, painted approximately life-size on a canvas of stretched linen. Fees increase proportionally for half-figure, three quarter-figure and full-figure poses and may vary according to the complexity of the background. Discounts are extended for multiple subjects in the same portrait.
Fees do not include framing, applicable sales taxes, or travel and shipping expenses. Preliminary costs such as travel are billed when incurred, and a non-refundable deposit of 33% is due at the signing of a contract which will hold your spot in my schedule. A second 33% is due upon the acceptance of the color study. The balance is due upon final approval and acceptance of the portrait.