Commissions are welcomed for mixed-media
work, works in traditional painting mediums and in all
styles of tattooing.
I have completed both large
and small-scale custom mixed-media beeswax collages
(on wood panel) incorporating the color palette and/or
symbolism specified by the client. Price is dictated
by the size of the piece, the amount (in pounds) of
pure beeswax used, and the cost of any other exotic
materials that may be incorporated.
Checkered Herbal, 2005.
Collection of Sheindel Caffrey, NJ.
I paint commissioned
portraits using photographic references of the subject.
These are executed in the traditional Renaissance indirect
oil painting technique on canvas or panel. This manner
incorporates an underpainting which is left in grisaille
(or greyscale) or is then glazed over in color depending
on the taste of the client. Price is determined by the
size of the painting, whether there are one or multiple
figures, and the amount of final glazing (if any).
Portrait of Garrett and Connor,
2007. Collection of the Mandaranos, CT.
I also paint traditional religious
icons, incorporating client specified imagery, using
the traditional medieval technique of egg tempera. There
is a long history of egg tempera icon painting both
in Greek and Russian culture, and the Italians used
this method for their elaborate and opulent medieval
altarpieces as well. A wood panel is first prepared
with handmade chalk and animal-glue gesso, then mapped
and primed for any desired gilding (18k gold leaf).
The paint is hand prepared with high-quality ground
pigments and egg yolk and executed with particular attention
to minute detail. The result is analogous to the lavish
paintings found in 14th and 15th century Italy, both
in appearance and quality. Most commissions are done
based on a favorite saint or historical figure and then
used for private contemplation, meditation, or sheer
visual enjoyment. It is however possible to execute
a work in this style and manner using any subject matter
as long as it is meticulously planned. Price is dictated
by the size of the panel, the complexity of the design,
the specific ground pigments used (some colors are significantly
more costly) and the amount of gilding.
Lippo Memmi, Maddonna and
Child. Sienese, c. 1340.
Tattooing is priced by the piece or by the hour depending
on the complexity of the job. I work out of various
shops at various times- please send an email for an
Portrait of Zacherly, 2006.
Collection of Tommy Seesleberg, NJ.