The portrait begins with these elements to be considered :
much of the body you would like portrayed
color preferences, including clothing
background, indoor or outdoor setting
location (Kerri will travel to your home)
atmospheric "feel" and lighting
size of canvas
setting in which the portrait will hang
A contract will be signed and in keeping with standard portrait
professional practices, a non-refundable deposit of 50% is paid.
Travel arrangements and dates are set.
Upon meeting at the photo shoot, Kerri likes to spend time getting
to know you and observing the special qualities and characteristics
unique to you.
Kerri will take many photographs (within the fee) between a one
to two hour time period. Then ideally have them developed immediately,
or displayed on a computer, to review together and choose a few
possibilities; or even decide on the final photograph.
She will also make oil color samples of the flesh tones, hair color,
eye color and if necessary clothing and background.
Meeting you, the photo shoot, reviewing the photographs and creating
color samples can be completed within the day.
From Kerri's studio in New York, West Village ; a letter size color
sketch of the portrait will be painted (proportionate to portrait
dimensions) and shipped for your approval. This sketch is for color
harmony and positioning of the figure within the dimensions of the
canvas/linen and this color sketch needs to be returned to Kerri
as reference to begin the painting.
The balance of the commission is paid when the portrait is accepted.
Kerri's intention is to transform canvas, paint, each unique face
and form into an enlivened work of art to take your breath away.
References will proudly be supplied upon request.