'Lipari Twins Skateboarding' – (a portrait commission by Jason Oliva 2009).

Andrew Lipari-Heel Flip
Acrylic on Canvas
Jason Oliva 2009

Brendan Lipari- Wall Ride
30″x 24″
Acrylic on Canvas
Jason Oliva 2009


I have recently finished two portrait commissions. I really enjoyed painting them. They are quite a departure from the standard bust or full length type of portrait. But that’s the point, a portrait can be whatever you want it to be.

For past portrait commissions I have usually gathered my own photo reference material via a photo shoot and for some, I used the photo-booth in the basement of “Bubby’s” in Tribeca. Living in England changes the process somewhat. I now work directly with the commissioner to gather these materials; a few drawings are exchanged via the net or post and once everything is agreed upon, the paintings are made. Its a great formula and seems to work well for both parties.

If you are interested in discussing ideas with regards to a portrait please feel free to contact me.

For examples of past portrait commissions please click ‘Here‘.



Lipari twins: Andrew and Brendan
Lipari Twins at The Brooklyn Bridge Banks (NYC)