In general a portrait in oil takes anywhere from three to ten sessions of about two hours each with a break every 30 minutes. All work is done from life, without exception, requiring the presence of the sitter. The time spent on working on a portrait depends primarily on its size, ranging from head and shoulders up to full length or group arrangements and is therefore best discussed after a size has been decided upon.
Ramón van der Ven paints his portraits in his studio in Florence, but is also able to travel to work on any given commission on location.
Ramón works in oils, watercolor, charcoal and sculpts in clay. From clay, plaster or bronze casts will be made and finished according to the client’s wishes.