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Portraiture comes in a variety of forms, from photography to sketches to oils, so why choose professional portrait painters when there are so many other options? Hazel Morgan is classically trained which means that likenesses are top-quality. Despite this being something that you might expect from photography, by way of comparison, the likeness is rendered in a completely different way. The portrait has more of a presence. Furthermore, classical training in oils brings something else to the table that most other mediums can’t offer. A highly established portrait painter like Hazel can dive into the soul a little more and create an image that is able to capture a particular moment, emotion or characteristic.

A good portrait artist will also be able to create something that can be deeply personal, going far beyond a mere image of face. As such, portraiture of a loved-one makes for an excellent gift, not just something to commission for yourself. It is worth noting that long sittings are not necessarily required in order to capture a really strong image that will stand the test of time in oils. Experienced portrait painters, like Hazel Morgan, are able to work from photographs of the subject. Even without the personal contact that a sitting inevitably allows for, a strong portrait artist will be able to capture that ‘having got to know you’ feeling even from a photographic image.

Oil portraits evoke a long-lasting, even timeless, quality. Perhaps this is because, historically speaking, we have used portrait painters to record those important moments in life. With the advent of modern technology, this practice may have waned, but a well painted portrait, especially one fashioned in oils, harks back to an earlier era with more connection to the past. As such, painted portraits have a sense of longevity that other mediums are just not able to match.