Kristin Künc teaches at the Teaching Studio in Brooklyn, NY and at Oyster Bay. She also teaches privately. Inquiries about private lessons should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristin accepts portrait commissions in addition to teaching. If you are interested in commissioning a portrait, please contact Kristin at email@example.com.
about the process
To begin the process, I like to meet with the client in their home or office so we can speak casually about the specifics of the painting, and so I can get a feel for the personality of the sitter. It’s also helpful to see where the painting will finally be displayed so I can take into consideration the sitter’s aesthetic taste and style.
Later at a second meeting using the client’s participation we design the painting, which takes approximately 3 hours. I work with my client’s to find the right setting and clothing; we try out a variety of different poses and outfits until we find the one that has the most magic. From there I take a series of photographs, which I use as reference while working in my studio. In addition I will make a few drawings and color studies on location with the client.
After the initial sitting I then transfer the painting to canvas and begin the life-size work at my studio. Drawing upon my knowledge and expertise I can develop the under-painting entirely from imagination and the studies. It is important for the final pass that the client is able to come in for several 2-3 hour sittings. For a modern person’s busy lifestyle these sittings can seem daunting at first. However I’ve found most people enjoy this time away from their regular lives. I do not like people to sit rigidly. It is a time to relax and enjoy good music and conversation.
The finished product is not only a striking conversation piece and addition to your decor; it is an art form in which you, the client, have actively participated.