To paint is to be alive

Stewart Hill is one of the UK’s leading portrait artists. Rediscovering painting after his severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Stewart has won several awards and his paintings have been displayed n some leading galleries. Stewart takes commissions. He has a special interest in painting the military and bereaved but has painted a wide range of subjects notably Piers Morgan, Nick Knowles, the Duke of Bedford, Sir John Timpson and Ray Winstone . If you are interested in commissioning a portrait or painting please get in touch with Stewart for an informal chat.

These are the steps for commissioning a painting involving a sitter. If you are interested in a painting from a photograph then please contact me using the form below.


Step 1 – Initial Discussion

Discuss any ideas/thoughts they may have for the project. It’s an opportunity to spend a little time with the sitter; a couple of hours in someone’s company can be invaluable in getting a brief insight of character.


Step 2 – Follow up

Over the following week or so, discussions would continue via Email or phone and we would develop a rough idea of direction for the sittings. I try to keep the sittings to a minimum; normally it would involve a couple of afternoon sessions where I would visit the client, as I find sitters to be much more relaxed in their own environment,  where I’d make a few planning sketches and take many reference photos.


Step 3 – Mock Up and Plan

Mock up a few composition ideas for consideration (either sketches or photo-shopped). We would then spend a couple of weeks fine-tuning via email until there was a definitive agreed reference for me to work from. Finally I would put together an Agreement Email detailing all aspects of the project (size/cost/timescales etc) for approval, with a 25% deposit requested as a firm commitment to the project.


Step 4 – Producing the Painting

Then painting would begin from my studio, depending on workloads and complexity a portrait can take between 1-3 months however consideration will always be given should there be any specific deadlines involved. Further sittings may be required and you will be kept informed of progress throughout.