Realistic Illustration & Portraiture
Artist Elizabeth R. Whelan creates portraits in oils. She is intent on capturing a moment in time as well as a likeness, finding that expression and sense of personality that brings her subject to life. She is a contemporary realist painter, and for her portraits this translates into accurate detail imbued with her own style of realism which is strengthened by a desire to preserve a feel for our times for future generations.
As an illustrator, Elizabeth R. Whelan enjoys the opportunity to use her skills to help tell a story, be it for a book or magazine, a business or product, a map or a private commission. She uses traditional gouache, oils, and linocut as well as digital methods to create print and web-ready pieces for designers, corporations and individuals.
In between commissions I've been continuing work on this oil painting The Vicar Heads Home, a portrait of sorts of a favorite local character who we've named for his white collar. He's a ring necked pheasant and is the only one we've seen in the vicinity.
Working now on the background and looking forward to getting to those feathers!
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