Portraiture has always been intimidating to me, especially when it’s for a commission (which happens to be why I do very few portrait commissions anymore!). The reason for my frustration is that there is always a difference in expectations between me and the person for whom I’m painting.
As methodical and detail-oriented as I am in my life, I have come to understand that my natural approach to creating art is loose and flexible. Early on in my art career I decided that I would not create photo realistic work. Cameras do that just fine! Instead, I search for ways in which to allow a person’s personality manifest through the medium.