A renaissance portrait by Vin Weathermon captures a moment where you look your absolute best. We create a timeless treasure for you to keep and this immortalized moment is itself experiential.
Visit or Tour
The experience starts with an initial personal interview that covers the client's unique interests, qualities and historical background. This is can happen by appointment, where we show you our gallery and camera room. This is a fun way to get to know each other better and decide what look is right for you. Our quaint Old Town Irvine studio is located in the original Irvine Hotel building (circa 1913).
The Creation Session
After information is gathered on the subject's interests, background and overall history, the session is scheduled. On the day of the scheduled session, the subject arrives with hair and make-up ready and dressed in formal or thematic attire. Much like the tour, this session will be comfortable, relaxing and surprisingly quick. Over wine and cheese (or beverages of choice) Vin will capture your essence to be selected, for a final fine art portrait of choice.
The Reveal Session
After the creation session, we invite you back to view the collection of photographs and choose the final one. Photographs are projected onto the gallery wall in larger than life size and scale. Once you select your favorite, our team of artists thoughtfully transform the portrait with painstaking hand-applied brush strokes and oil painted exquisite mastery. Each layer refines the original image to further express the character of the individual or family. Lastly, the portrait is completed with a museum quality gilded frame, certificate of authenticity and customized lighting.
The Reveal Social
Optionally, the grand reveal can be held at the studio and gallery, or on location of choice. We celebrate the client's final portrait by hosting a Reveal Social with friends, family or business associates to celebrate and witness the unveiling of the portrait. We also include the marketing and communication to get the word out.
Q: What do you create?
A: Luxurious, near life-sized or larger portraits that capture the true essence of the subject, in renaissance style and texture. These portraits fill walls and the exquisite detail will magnetically draw the eyes to the elegant subject and scene. Honestly, if you haven't seen one of Vin's portraits in person, you are missing much of the magic. Photos of the portraits do not do them justice.
Q: How do you make them?
A: The initial creation session is where the subject dresses in formal or thematic attire and we capture the initial image. Our team of artists then transform the image onto canvas, creating contours and oil brush details that blend realism with oil painting. We then finish the piece with a museum quality frame, complete with hand-engraved gilded nameplate. The process takes an entire team of people working under the direction of Vin, and nearly two months to complete including framing.
Q: Why Renaissance portraiture?
A: The renaissance style is evocative and classic. Renaissance portraits are the perfect way to showcase what makes a family or individual truly unique, as an heirloom or legacy piece of art. The fine art portraits are created to last more than 100 years with proper care.
Q: Why classic realism as the medium?
A: The late Phillip Stewart Charis inspired me, and much of my work has his influence of “chiaroscuro” for dramatic impact.
Q: Do you do portraiture in other locations?
A: We can accommodate studio portraiture in any location for the right client. However this does not mean "environmental" portraiture (beach, sunset, events.)
Q: I hear you host social events for your clients?
A: Yes, if our client desires a reveal session, we will host the event at our studio or the Center Club Orange County.
Q: What about shipping the final work?
A: If the client is local in Orange County, the completed portrait is carefully delivered directly to their residence or business. We can also ship the package anywhere in the world subject to shipping costs.