The example to the left was created from photographs of an existing house (blue-shaded). The addition was projected from a rough pencil floor plan. The gallery shows the rear-view of this project. Photos, drawings, blueprints or a combination will work fine to develop an idea.

If you're preparing photos to send, generally, more is better. Cameras only see a part of what we can see, so take some close-ups and shots from several angles if possible. Don't worry too much about bicycles on the drive, etc. - that stuff can be edited out (within reason).

Photographs of 4"X 6" or larger will provide enough information in most cases, or you can email digital pictures. (Please do not reduce the resolution to 72 dpi. If you want to reduce resolution for faster emailing, please limit the reduction to 150dpi, or use a sevice such as Usendit to upload your digital files.)


Sometimes it is not possible to photograph the subject you want painted, nor bring them for a sitting. It is still possible to make very nice portraits from existing photo materials. (More is still better.)


  • Get to eye level or slightly below that of your subject.
  • Use a second person behind you to get your pet's or your child's attention. (Toys and treats work well, too.)
  • Shoot without flash if possible. (But use flash outside in sun to help show shadow detail.)
  • Take some shots from straight on (like the girl at left) and from a little to the side (like the dog at left).
  • Take some close-up shots to help show eye color and detail around the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • See the text above for information about preparing photos for mail or email.