The portrait above is painted in oil on canvas: Claudette, size 24"x30"
Although I have been painting murals for the past 20 years, my first love was painting portraits. I began as a child begging my mother to teach me how to draw faces. She was very talented at pencil sketching, and began drawing beautiful portraits of the movie stars that were popular when she was a teen. One of her drawings, a framed portrait of the child star, Shirley Temple inspired me to draw too. I began at the age of about 5, following Mom's instructions on how to make eyes look like eyes and lips look like lips, curly hair to look shiny and real, and so on.
I owe my success to my mother's patience and love, as she taught me. She made sure that as I progressed, I was given top quality artist's supplies to work with, as well as "how to" books on drawing and painting. With her encouragement, and with many years of practice, I eventually found myself working professionally in the field of advertising, as a commercial illustrator for many major department stores. After 20 years in that field, I decided to start my own business, Mural, Mural On The Wall, Inc., as a muralist and painter of portraits. I must say this has brought me a great deal of pleasure. I have enjoyed working for many wonderful people, decorating their homes, businesses, or schools, or painting portraits of their family members. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to paint something beautiful for you!