Pieces this big take me 4-8 weeks to complete from start to finish, from initial sketch to matted and famed.
First I start with an idea or concept that I'm going to use as the basis for the project. I begin researching what images I will use as references for my sketch. After I have taken photos or used stock photos from online references, I will begin the final drawing.
The drawing is completed to look like a black and white version of the painting. This helps me to know what the lighting in the finished painting should look like. This usually takes me 2 weeks to complete.
I then transfer a line drawing of the sketch to 140 lb Arches cold pressed watercolor paper. This is when I begin my painting process. It takes me about a month to paint, if I paint for five hours per work day. I continually use my researched references to help me create a realistic look to my work. I use several transparent layers of watercolor to create my work and used different techniques of watercolor to achieve the effects I wish to display in each piece so each painting is unique.
I want to infuse each of my pieces with a sense of beauty and wonder, no matter the subject. I use art nouveau and pre-Raphelite works as sources of inspiration for my own works. I also appreciate Surrealists and try to incorporate that into my work as well. I especially like to use pieces in nature to portray a certain feeling as well as expressing beauty, which is the reason you will find flowers, oceanic-type life, and human form in my work.
Though Beauty Fades is already sold, I am open for commissions to do similar work. I will not recreate the same piece because it destroys the artistic integrity and uniqueness of the original piece, but I am very willing to create a different painting with this painting in mind, perhaps using some of the same elements, such as the female form and flowers in nature.