People’s faces are what first drew me to art. My dad would bring me art history books from the library, and I’d flip through page after page, discovering people’s faces, people’s stories. It floored 10-year-old me that these people had lived centuries ago, but this beautiful record of their time on earth was still here for us to enjoy, to connect to. Someone had stopped and seen them.
Now, in my own art practice, I get to do just that – stop and really see people.
I am passionate about portraits. I love the connection that drawing someone’s portrait creates. I love hearing people’s stories and experiences, exploring the thousand more stories our faces tell. It lights me up like nothing else.
I want to share that experience of being truly seen with everyone who needs it.
I think we all feel a little invisible sometimes. We go through our daily grind, and sometimes we forget to pause and really see the people who surround us.
The experience of being truly seen, it changes us. To be witnessed, to be seen, to be turned into art, is to say: you matter. You are important. Your life, your time here, has been recorded, noted, valued.
And that feeling never leaves because the experience results in something concrete – a reminder goes home with you in the form of art.
Humans are beautiful. We are often flawed and complex but also fragile and vulnerable. That complexity is what makes us fascinating.
I want to give you the gift of seeing yourself through my eyes. To see your own nobility of spirit, everything that makes you rich and vast, a tapestry of experiences. You are so much more than you realize.
A portrait session is a safe place, a place where you are witnessed and seen in a deep, meaningful way.
How This Works
You come to my studio for a 2-3 hour informal private session with me. You bring any music you’d like to listen to on an iPod or smartphone, and I provide everything else – seating, lighting, speakers, water, tea/coffee.
We get you comfortable in my cozy portrait chair and pick a simple pose and figure out the lighting.
Then I set a timer for 20-25 minutes and I get to work while we chat and listen to your music (if you’d like). When the timer goes off, we’ll take a 5 minute break so you can get up, stretch your legs and peek at what I’m working on. We’ll repeat this process until the portrait is done or the 3 hours is up.
At the end of the session, you go home with a 8” x 10” drawing of yourself.
Price, How to book etc.
Price: $300 (includes HST)
Payment: cash, cheque, e-transfer or credit card
Schedule: 2-3 hours of your time (and I’m happy to work with your schedule)
Where: My home studio, here in Ottawa, Canada
Giving it as a gift? I’ll send you a beautiful PDF gift certificate to print out and put in an envelope.
If you’d like to learn a little more about me, you can read my bio over here.
To book a session, fill out the contact form below with your name, email, phone number, and anything else you’d like to tell me.
I’ll be in touch within 48 hours to schedule the session!