I welcome your help in choosing a background that is appropriate and memorable for the portrait subject. In most cases, I paint the subject first and then the background, so there is time to think about it as the painting develops.
Shaded Color Backgrounds
For most portraits, I recommend very simple backgrounds, such as grass, water, sky or pure color. Shaded color backgrounds are best for smaller paintings and head-shot portraits. Shaded color backgrounds allow the most space for the portrait subject, and thus more detail.
Simple landscape or object backgrounds set the subject into a scene but keep the star of the portrait front and center.
Detailed backgrounds such as specific landscape scenes can make the painting more personal, but will take some of the focus away from the subject. For detailed backgrounds, you may submit additional photos with a description of the background you would like. These are examples of detailed backgrounds:
The subject doesn't need to be in the background photo, although it does make things much easier. I recommend submitting a photo of your subject in the background to show scale (it doesn't have to be a good photo of the subject) as well as a photo in the desired pose. I can combine photos easily to get the look you want.
Very Detailed Backgrounds
Very detailed backgrounds can tell a story, but there is less room and emphasis for the subject. Very detailed backgrounds will require additional charge. If you've got a very detailed background in mind, contact Kathryn with your ideas for a quote.