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Claire Milner - Commission a portrait
Claire Milner

Claire Milner has been creating mosaic portraiture and handmade paper collage portraits for over ten years. She originally trained as a Graphic Designer and spent a number of years working in the Design and Illustration industry where she maintains many high profile clients.

Claire's illustration work uses handmade paper & mixed media, which led to an interest in mosaic portraiture. After visiting Ravenna and studying with Elaine M Goodwin and at the Mosaic Workshop, Claire Milner launched her career as a Mosaicist in 1994. In 2004, Claire's work was published in 'The Complete Mosaic Handbook' and 'The Art of Mosaic' (Quintet Publishing). She is a member of the British Association of Modern Mosaic (BAMM) and The Association of Illustrators (AOI).

Claire has undertaken a range of commissions, from life size mosaic portraits to handmade paper illustrations for publication and advertising. Subjects include; Michael Faraday, Sir Winston Churchill, Albert Einstein, Princess Diana, Gordon Brown, Sir Nigel Lawson, Sir Terry Leahy, Sir Martin Sorrell, Lord Browne and numerous Central European bankers.

Specialising in Mosaic portraiture on a variety of surfaces, Claire imports most of her vitreous glass and mosaic tiles from Italy and Portugal. The tiles have amazing reflective qualities - some are shot through with gold veins. After first illustrating the portrait, Claire then cuts each tile individually by hand. Claire combines ancient and modern techniques to produce contemporary works of art which are steeped in tradition. Claire also produces collage portraits in handmade paper and mixed media on canvas or board.

Portrait artist Claire Milner is flexible in her approach to completing your portrait. If time and budget allows, she would prefer to have an initial meeting with the sitter to take her own photographs, but she is also prepared to work from a selection of good quality photographs supplied by the client.

Claire's prices largely depend on the specific nature of the commission. Costs are assessed according to the requirements of each individual project, depending upon: materials, size, complexity of design and schedule/lead time.

For a mosaic tile portrait her prices start from £500. A handmade paper collage portrait on board or canvas, will start from £300.

It will take Claire Milner a minimum of 14 days to complete a portrait commission.
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