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Portfolio for Elizabeth Balkwill - Commissionaportrait

I am a professionally trained artist with over 12 years experience in portrait painting. I studied at Bristol and the Norwich School of Art where I graduated with an honours degree in 1980.I have continued my professional development by working closely with or training under other well known portrait painters, notably Gareth Hawker in the UK, Daniel Greene, Nelson Shanks, and Margaret Carter Baumgartner who are leading portrait painters in the USA.
Birth date   29.11.56
Introduction   Elizabeth is a professionally trained artist and has continued her development by working closely with other well known portrait painters including Daniel Greene, one of Americaís leading portrait painters.
Education   Norwich School of Art
Selected Commissions   Lady Catto - Wife of Lord Catto, Chairman Morgan Grenfell  
Professor Shackle - Nominated for Nobel Prize  
Colin Cullimore - Chairman of NAAFI  
Jan De Vries - Health Guru and TV Personality  
Christopher Kilroy - High Sheriff of Bedfordshire  
Carol Kilroy - Wife of High Sheriff of Bedfordshire  
Lady Dixon - Wife of Air-Vice Marshall Sir Peter Dixon  
The Founders of Fetttes College - Posthumous portrait  
Henry Birbeck - Posthumous Portrait
Artist's Statement   "I endeavour to produce a good likeness whilst capturing something of the subjectís character. From dialogue with the sitter, the correct expression can be identified and a suitable pose established."

Statement      An initial meeting is useful to discuss different ideas for the portrait. It is helpful to know where the picture is to hang so that the size, background and formality of the portrait can be established. The clothing to be worn by the subject for the sittings can be agreed and the style of framing can also be considered. By the end of the initial meeting I try to ensure that prospective clients have all the information they require to proceed with the portrait. Having established the size of the portrait a decision can be made on how many sittings will be required. The sittings last for about two hours - less for children. Most of the time is spent posing for photographs - this minimizes the time the subject need sit still. A small amount of sketching and note taking will also take place and this reference material enables me to start work on the portrait without asking for further sittings.  
It is preferable for clients to attend the studio for sittings or photographic sessions where appropriate. This allows for optimum pose and lighting for each portrait. However, the artist will travel where required that these costs will be borne by the client.  
A suitable frame usually costs about 20% of the portrait price. Framing is not usually undertaken by the artist but she is happy to provide advice or assist if required.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 650    $null
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 3000    $null
3/4 LengthFrom £ 3500 $null
Full LengthFrom £ 4000 $null
Double PortraitFrom £ 4000 $null
Group PortraitFrom £ 5000 $null
AnimalsFrom £ 600 $null
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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