The thought of having your portrait painted is daunting to some people, (not including
children, who seem to thoroughly enjoy the process). Tonia makes it as painless as possible
by exploring the attributes and life style of a subject in several ways. The first step
is an initial one-hour consultation with the client to get acquainted and discuss details
of the proposed portrait. Time spent in the subject¹s home or work space is most
advantageous. She may do a quick sketch in graphite or oils, take photos for future
reference or schedule a longer meeting.
At a subsequent meeting, a preliminary sketch of the final portrait
is submitted and approved. When the final painting begins, the subject
ideally sits for one-half to one-hour sessions, two to ten times,
depending on the subject¹s time constraints. Tonia has studio
space in Wisconsin, New York, California and on Maui. If sittings
are not possible, she is able to paint directly from photographs
(posthumously if needed).