Typically, my portraits focus on the subject's face against a simple background.
Style of the work can range from finely detailed to impressionistic, brisk strokes or a polished finish, and from classically restrained tones to a more vivid palette.
I use a variety of materials for portraiture. Drawings are done in graphite, charcoal, or Conté and other pastel pencils on acid-free archival papers. I may prepare paper with a watercolor wash, gesso or other priming to enhance the surface for use with the selected portrait medium. (Examples follow.)
I more often work in oil paint on
stretched canvas or linen, or on prepared panels of wood or metal. Except for a skeptical pooch done in pastels, the other examples on this page were done in oils.
All images on this website are copyrighted by Sandra J Cohen. These images copyrighted 2011, 2013, 2015.