Over recent years I have been asked to do a number of celebration paintings, most often weddings, although such paintings lend themselves to any significant occasion. I mostly work from photographs and aim to capture the mood of the day with all the little incidents and amusing stories revealed by the clients during our discussions. I am occasionally asked to attend these events, which is always a great honour but it isn't necessary, not with all the photographs and videos so readily available these days. I do like to visit the site if possible to make notes, do quick sketches and get a 'feel' for the place. It is a colaborative process and I encourage the client to highlight important people, pets, objects, trees and other details that can be woven into the final image to make it truly personal and a memory of a very special day... even deceased loved ones can be included where their presence is greatly missed.
The whole process takes about 3 months to achieve a completed painting, but please bear in mind there is usually a waiting list of several months for commissioned paintings.