Juliet’s portraits include over 150 commissions, ranging from peers and academics to scientists, farmers and industrialists. Not to mention intimate family groups and portraits commissioned as gifts from one spouse to another.
“Everyone is worth painting and I make my portraits as personal and individual as possible,” — Juliet Wood. “Many find sitting for a portrait can be an island of peace in a busy life and a really positive experience.”
If you are thinking of commissioning a portrait, you can read more about what be involved here in Juliet’s words:
Portrait painting takes the patience and attention of a hunter. It requires commitment from both artist and sitter. People are often surprised to find that sitting for a portrait can be an interesting and rewarding experience.
A portrait is a positive commitment in time for the sitter as well as the artist so I help to plan sittings for tight schedules. Many people are surprised that it is possible to make the time, and surprised that it can be a welcome oasis in their busy lives. It can be thinking time or listening time. This is how it goes…
Price depends on size and how much background detail is required so is best discussed by phone. My prices start at £2500 for a painting and £2000 for an oil pastel. Once a commission is confirmed, we have a first meeting to make acquaintance and then a second one to plan the work. After that, a head and shoulders portrait takes seven or eight two-hour sittings; a three quarter length, ten. It might occasionally be less, but quality cannot be rushed.
I’m naturally very flexible with children and. Audio discs, chatting and frequent breaks are helpful and I’m in no doubt when the time is up.
Group portraits need careful planning and designing to get both personal and pictorial relationships right. They also need special cooperation between diaries.