Elske Wilton-Pfaeltzer is an experienced portrait painter. Her technique is based on the methodology of the old masters. The characteristics of light and shade play a central role in her approach to a painting.
Long portrait sittings are avoided. Once commissioned Elske starts with a visit to the subject’s home, which is the best and most relaxed environment to reveal a person’s character. Pictures are taken and with those Elske starts work.
After several sketches an initial impression on canvas is formed with earth-like tinting. This gives the subject radiance and allows the unique features of his/ her character to emerge.
With these intense preparations Elske minimizes any surprises and still keeps the spontaneity of the subject intact.