Fine Art Portraits by Steven Minnaar

“Kinsey & Caroline” Oil on canvas. 28″ x 22″

I am inspired by the great classical portrait artists of the late 19th century including John Singer Sargent, Philip de Laszlo, and Anders Zorn and it is my goal to carry on in this tradition. There is something special about capturing an individual’s unique personality in a painting that can be treasured both now and by future generations. The creation of a Fine Art Portrait offers both the sitter and the artist a chance at immortality – a way to transcend the chains of our mortal existence and leave our mark long after we depart this world. It presents the beauty of a human being at one moment in time and it proudly proclaims “we lived”!

My Portrait Painting Philosophy

Of all the things to paint I find people to be the most fascinating. My objective as a portrait artist is to capture not just likeness in appearance but also expression and spirit. This must be done while simultaneously creating an object of aesthetic beauty. This process requires the distillation and extraction of that which is important while excluding the unnecessary.

The Portrait Process

After discussing the goals of your portrait we will schedule a brief portrait session in my studio or your home where I will meet the sitter and take professional photos and color samples to be used for reference. I will then return to my studio and proceed to paint the portrait over the next several weeks.

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