A good portrait needs a support staff. When properly composed, rendered, framed, sized, and positioned, a beautiful painting can be the jewel in the room. Poor framing and improper hanging are serious detractions which can be avoided with our expert help.
As a full service agency, we oversee each stage of the portrait project. When the commission warrants, we handle the critical components needed for success: production of reference photography, wardrobe, background setting, optimal portrait size, and placement in the home. Finally, we provide museum-grade conservation framing which can include a provenance and the option for an engraved nameplate. During the preliminary framing consultation, we present a selection of moldings suitable for the client's home. Whether the décor is Minimalist or Victorian, we offer frames which enhance our portraits and also complement the setting.
Limited Painting Restoration
Portrait-related Digital restoration of damaged photos
Portrait-related Notecard and Print production
Art Classes and Apprenticeship training (for serious artists only)
WWA Portrait Painters installs museum-quality, conservation framing on nearly all their clients' portraits. For works on paper, conservation framing means that all paper products within the frame (mats, art mount, etc) are 100% rag (cotton) so that there is no acidic material around the art itself. Either Museum Glass or Conservation Clear glass (both with UV filters) further protects the art from corrosive ultra-violet rays. Properly framed artwork can last indefinitely.
In addition, our frames are ordered at the very beginning of the commission so that the artist can be sure to pick up the hues of the frame in the colors of the portrait for optimum color harmony.
The wrong frame can seriously detract from the beauty of a painting. From the very beginning, WWA Portrait Painters designs a comprehensive plan to enhance display of commissioned portraits.
With access to a large number of standard, custom , and hand-made frames, we are able to find moldings that complement both artwork and décor in harmonious union. We offer a generous selection of molding choices ranging from ornate Victorian to clean-lined Minimalist, so that your portrait truly shines in its setting.
WWA Portrait Painters offers limited cleaning, repair, and other restoration of old paintings and frames.
Many artists simply paint portraits without a vision for the total project. Without planning, a beautiful painting (framed in a molding which might be too wide) can end up looking 'crammed' into that spot over the mantel with only an inch to spare.
At WWA Portrait Painters, we look for the best placement in your home and plan the portrait size to fit that space. Sometimes that means the portrait should be a bit smaller than originally envisioned... or a bit larger. After careful planning – when it is finally finished -- the properly sized painting will fit perfectly in its chosen spot on your wall.
When WWA Portrait Painters provides museum framing, we offer the inexpensive option of attaching a nameplate to the front of the frame to further protect the work from loss of identity.
These engraved plates come in brass, silver, copper, black, and other colors … and will last the life of the painting.
A 'Provenance' is the history of ownership of a painting of value. When a painting is handed down from generation to generation, often its story get lost.
Sometimes these works of art end up in yard sales and antique shops because no one knows the history of the portrait and there has been insufficient communication over the hundreds of years.
Patrick and Wendy are two of the only artists in the country at mid-level prices who install provenances into their portraits so that the work's subject(s), client, and story is always evident.
The original provenance is created on 100% cotton paper and embedded in the frame. A photocopy is glued to the frame's dustcover on the back so that future owners will always know 'who that is' in the portrait.....
Many artists prematurely varnish their oil paintings to give them a uniform sheen. It looks better and their clients don't know the difference.
Oil portraits need to cure for at least a year before sealing, so this practice can lead to surface cracking and crazing later on. Signature artists Patrick and Wendy do not varnish their oil portraits until the paintings have properly cured.
When the time comes, they offer a varnishing service to properly seal their work. First, the painting is sealed with a resin layer, then a special conservation varnish is applied which can be removed hundreds of years later for cleaning.
Wild Wonderful Appalachian Portrait Painters (WWAPP) is the first and only portrait agency based in West Virginia. We showcase WV professional artists as well as award-winning talent all over the US. WWA Portrait Painters range in skill and price from student to contemporary master. Portraits can be commissioned through WWAPP in all media.
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