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Ralph Shephard - Commission a portrait
Ralph Shephard

Ralph Shepard has been painting portraits for over forty years. Now one of only twelve painters in Britain to hold the title of Fellow of The British Society of Painters, his dedication to his art has led to countless portrait commissions and exhibitions of his work.

The British Society of Painters was founded in 1987 and is dedicated to promoting and preserving the craft of the traditional artist. Other Fellows include Pietro Annigoni, Rowland Hilder OBE, Terence Cuneo OBE, CVO, and David Shepherd OBE.

Ralph Shephard believes that the process of painting a portrait should be both powerful and spiritually uplifting. "There is a linking of souls for a while…I really try to capture the soul and the physical persona of the sitter".

Ralph prefers to work directly from life, (although he will work from photographs if it is absolutely impossible to arrange a sitting) and requires at least one to two sittings, usually lasting up to two to three hours per sitting.

Ralph finds it very helpful to initially meet at a location of your choice, somewhere which is personal to you, i.e. a landscape, building or room. This practice helps him to assess and reflect the character of the sitter and their aspirations for the painting. At this point Ralph will take a series of photographs and preliminary sketches for use once back in his studio.

Ralph prefers to work in Acrylic or Oil on Canvas, although he is happy to work on Watercolour paper or card, and will take a minimum of two weeks to complete.

His prices depend on the individual nature of the commission, the requested medium and scale and the amount of figures within the composition.

An oil/ acrylic on canvas, measuring 76cm x 61cm, prices start at £1300.
A drawing on paper, measuring 76cm x 61cm, prices start at £800.
An oil/ acrylic on canvas, measuring 102cm x 81cm, prices start at £1800.
An oil/ acrylic on canvas, measuring 127cm x 102cm, prices start at £2500.
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