I enjoy creating portraits in wax. Every face is a challenge. Sometimes it takes me only a few hours to capture the distinct spirit of a person's face and sometimes weeks, after having to put it down and come back to the piece later with a fresh eye.
The process I use to create a wax portrait is the same as the process I use to create my framed pieces. I create a sculpture first in clay, then I create a plaster mold, and then I cast the piece in wax, carve it and paint it. This is much different than the traditional methods used throughout the 17th and 18th centuries of modeling the face with a palette knife with a putty comprised of wax and resins or solvents . Both techniques have their own specific advantages.
Most of the portraits I create are 6 to 7 inches before I place them in a frame.
I do take on commissions for portraits depending on my yearly schedule.
I often update my progress on portrait projects via Instagram, so feel free to follow me there for start to finish time lapse videos.