HOW TO COMMISSION A CUSTOM PORTRAIT
1. Send "Request a Custom Portrait Quote"
2. Respond to Brooke: attach photo(s) in email
3. Receive quote w/ options, discuss w/ Brooke
4. Choose size & make downpayment
5. Receive progress photos & discuss any changes
6. Approve finished painting & pay remaining $
7. Receive USPS delivery or pick-up in PDX
In 2016 Brooke moved to Portland, Oregon to pursue her career as a full-time professional artist. She supports her family by painting portrait commissions, teaching private art classes, and selling her landscapes & still life paintings directly to collectors. Brooke Walker-Knoblich is an independent artist with no gallery repesentation or affiliations. She is currently focused on creating a new body of work "Celestial Self Portraits" that fuses her realism roots with contemporary color.
COMMISSIONING A CUSTOM PORTRAIT
In 2008, Brooke moved to Sacramento, CA and created several bodies of work inspired by the region. Her Responding to Rivers, Streets of Midtown, and Musicians of Midtown series all received local recognition, including a center-fold review in SN&R. In 2011, Brooke Walker- Knoblich became dedicated to painting directly from life. For several years she pursued independent studies in a weekly alla prima painters' group with Pat Mahony, Marcy Friedman, & Boyd Gavin, classes w/ Suchitra Bohsle, Ruo Li, & Michael Siegle, and a mentorship with Early Boley. Painting from life opened Brooke's repertoir to include plein air landscapes and still life paintings.
CUSTOM PORTRAIT TESTIMONIALS
In 2001, Brooke Walker-Knoblich graduated valedictorian and received a scholarship to attend Revelle, the liberal arts college at UC San Diego. After earning a BA in 2005, Brooke developed her first serious body of work of photorealistic larger-than-life portraits and began exhibiting in juried shows across the USA. Her 30x24" painting "Self Portrait by Candlelight" (left) is from this period.
PORTRAIT ARTIST IN PORTLAND OREGON
ABOUT THE PORTRAIT ARTIST
While in Paris, Brooke Walker-Knoblich studied live figure drawing and painting with Kathy Burke. Painting directly from life, infused Brooke's art with more confidence and expression. She began exploring more wild uses of color in the portraits she painted of her self and friends and huanted the halls of the Musee d'Orsay, looking at the Impressionists.
In 2003, Brooke Walker-Knoblich studied abroad in Paris, France with Wells College for 9 months. This experience profoundly influenced the course of her artistic life. Her first oil painting class included mulling paint and making gesso, learning the glazing techniques of the Renaissance Masters,, and painting a copy in the Louvre Museum. Almost a decade later, Brooke would return to Europe to nourish her realism roots and paint a live model at the Florence Academy of Art.
Brooke Walker-Knoblich's original oil paintings are inspired by classical realism aesthetics. She studied the techniques of the Old Masters in ateliers in Paris, France and Florence, Italy and earned her BA in Studio Art from UCSD in 2005. Brooke is a full-time professional artist with decades of experience painting portraits. She creates dozens of paintings per year and her work is held in private collections throughout the USA and internationally. Brooke Walker-Knoblich is a contemporary female artist, currently living in Portland Oregon. Visit her sister site Brooke Paints for more art.
PROFESSIONAL CUSTOM PAINTING PORTRAIT ARTIST
Brooke Walker-Knoblich is a professional artist with 20 years experience creating custom portrait paintings.