Blog / 2017 / Why People Commission Portraits

September 11, 2017

Ellen Dissanayake is the anthropologist I refer to in this video. If you are thinking about hiring me to paint a portrait, this page explains the process and lists prices.

a colorful crosshatched portrait of a white man wearing a baseball cap with a sunset over water behind him
Gwenn Seemel
Jim
2017
acrylic on canvas
28 x 28 inches

For the most part I paint from photos I take myself of the subject during the course of an interview, and I am happy travel to meet subjects when necessary. Besides painting people and pets, I also paint homes, and I make drawings of people in marker on paper as well.

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