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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.

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